5. Tame Impala – Currents
On Currents, Perth, Australia psych rock band Tame Impala surrender to time and all things transitory. It’s all there in the song titles: “Let It Happen,” “The Moment,” “Yes I’m Changing,” “Eventually,” “Past Life,” “Reality in Motion,” “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.” Everything is temporary, and a lot of times, that hurts. You blink, and your life has completely changed. It hits you square in the heart.
Naturally, then, frontman Kevin Parker’s lyrics are intensely personal and read like his diary, a poetic stream-of-consciousness novel. Parker plays equal parts guilty and victim, distinguishing Currents from typical breakup albums. Currents is also a musical reinvention and revelation for Tame Impala, as Kevin Parker flexes his pop muscles to create a reverb-drenched soundscape full of inescapable hooks, killer basslines and blissful synth loops.