Single Review – Tame Impala – Cause I’m a Man

Tame Impala have now given the title Currents to their upcoming third studio album on their new label, Interscope. After treating us to the sonic paradise that is ‘Let it Happen’, Kevin Parker’s group have now moved into slightly more familiar territory with their new single ‘Cause I’m a Man’. It still embraces the more fluid and smooth expanses that graced the first single, with chiming synths and Parkers sweeping and fading falsetto. These fluid soundscapes are tied around gently meandering bass-line and a basic back beat. It is another track that doesn’t particularly focus on the guitar as a rhythm section tool as they have done, but instead they utilised to add dimension to the chorus and carry the melody in a rough and typically distorted fashion. With this in mind, the single is more familiar than ‘Let it Happen’ with it’s laid back and hazy style, yet still has maintains the altered instrumental focus that has so far been stressed with these two tracks. It all adds to the intrigue of what looks to be one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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