Currents B-Sides and Remixes: A Review

Tame Impala recently released five new tracks as an addition to their previously released third studio album Currents from 2015, as an EP named ‘Currents B-Sides and Remixes’. The B-side tracks, released 17th November, consist of three new songs— List Of People (To Try To Forget About), Powerlines and Taxis Here— as well as a GUM remix of Reality In Motion and a Soulwax remix of Let It Happen, both tracks off the original album.

In an interview with Beats 1’s Lane Lowe a day before the EP release, Kevin Parker explained why  List Of People (To Try To Forget About) in particular hadn’t originally made it onto the 2015 album.

“I guess maybe one of the reasons it didn’t end up on the [Currents] was that it was started on so early and I was so over it by the time I was finishing the album,” Parker said.

“But by the time I got to finish [the song], I was really kind of like satisfied with it as a song and as a chunk of my creativity and emotion and stuff.”

Sticking to true Tame Impala style the newly released tracks consist of a spacey psychedelic sound that can have you daydreaming one moment and ready to boogie the next. The EP combines a mixture of feel-good vibes and meaningful lyrics, and as usual Kevin Parker’s metaphorical and abstract lyrical writing is full of thought-provoking and relatable references combined to form something more.

The five new tracks are a great addition to the already solid album, and although track number two, Powelines, does have a feel comparable to a War Of The Worlds background tune that’s been drawn out maybe a little too long, it does still possess some great vibes of its own.

The two remixes add a more upbeat and energetic component to the more relaxed sounding EP. Although I personally prefer the original tracks to the remixes, it’s hard to deny that they have been done justice, with GUM’s remix of Reality In Motion reminiscent of an 80’s arcade game theme tune, fading into a feel-good easy listening remix without taking too much character from the original. Comparatively, Soulwax’s remix of Let It Happen morphs between a cool 70’s disco vibe and a  funky upbeat version.

The five new tracks are a part of the newly released Currents Collector’s Edition box set, complete with the album printed on a limited edition red marble vinyl and alternate artwork, a 12” featuring two remixes, and a 7” and flexidisc with three B-sides, a poster and a series of images and drawings.

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