Since we first heard about Currents, Kevin Parker and co. have made no bones about the fact that it would be something different. As promised, the album nudges the blown-out technicolor psych-rock of Innerspeaker and Lonerism into the direction of populist electronic pop, lite-funk, and R&B, but it’s still an album of blooming, soaring soundscapes and studio wizardry that could only have emerged from the mind of Kevin Parker. Tame Impala have sort of inexplicably — but completely deservedly — become one of the biggest rock bands of our time, and Currents sees Parker stepping up as the big ol’ pop star that he is. We’ve already heard early tracks like “Let It Happen,” “Cause I’m A Man,” “Disciples,” “Eventually,” and “Nangs,” and now the whole thing — which I’m sure no one has already heard, because how could you have? — is streaming below via NPR.
Currents is out 7/17 on Interscope.