Tame Impala are back again with another funky new track called “It Might Be Time”.
This is Tame Impala’s third single this year, following the previously released “Borderline” from mid-April and “Patience” from late March. As well as sharing the new single, Kevin Parker announced that Tame Impala’s 12-track-long fourth album titled The Slow Rush will be released on February 14th next year. Via an Instagram post, Parker apologised for his general absence over the past few years and shared excitement for the upcoming new content.
“It Might Be Time” is about that little voice in your head questioning if you’ve lost your spark (or as Parker refers to it, your mojo), and if you even had it in the first place.
After years of being a global festival staple and psychedelic pop icon, it makes sense for Tame Impala to draw back the curtains after a prolonged absence with a track like this. In an interview with The New York Times earlier this year, Parker discussed his obsession with the idea of time passing and your life flashing before your eyes. The Slow Rush aims to be a deep dive into this obsession, toying with the cycle of life and how it is conceptualised.
“It might be time to face it, it ain’t as fun as it used to be, no, you’re goin’ under, you ain’t as young as you used to be”
Sitting at 4 and a half minutes long, “It Might Be Time” takes a moment to play with pulsating keyboards and explosions of distorted beats. Drawing on 70s prog pop and Parker’s strong admiration for overblown drums, this track is peak Tame Impala, offering a danceable and restless groove that doesn’t lose its psychedelic unpredictability.
Although the lyrical content of the song questions Parker’s ability to remain cool and collected, the instrumentals prove that the time and attention dedicated to sculpting 2020 Tame Impala was well worth the wait.