Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is a man of mystery. Yesterday, the Western Australian native did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, and shared the third single from his band's upcoming album. Listen to "Disciples" above, via the band's official YouTube channel.
The song is short, at only one minute and forty-eight seconds. Still, there's a lot going on. The production is lush, as you'd expect from a Tame Impala recording. Again, the song is much more toward the pop than the rock side of things. During the AMA, he was asked about whether the upcoming album was more pop based and here's what he said:
Pop you say..... That's a broad word... I've always thought all Tame Impala was total pop (whatever pop is these days) (I guess because I don't hear the oceans of reverb and distortion... which can influence ones perception of the "genre" of a song no doubt...). Like I heard this full on piano ballad R&B cover of Backwards once, and I was like woah! is that my song??
There's a lot of different stuff on the new album, It definitely has the most variation of any album I've done in the past.
In "Disciples," it seems like Parker is responding to how people interact with him now that he's achieved a high level of fame and success, and he's not particularly happy about it. It's perhaps a little too appropriate that he'd flex his celebrity ego by releasing a song called "Disciples" during an internet Q&A with his fans. Perhaps that's reading too far into it. He seems like a pretty down-to-Earth guy during the AMA conversation.
During the Reddit AMA, Parker touched on a number of things like the similarity between his voice and John Lennon's, his songwriting process, how he uses guitar pedals to "screw with your perception of space and ambience," his father, and the contemporary musicians who he's been listening to: Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Caribou, and Frank Ocean. When asked what his favorite album was, he named a few: Talkie Walkie by Air, Breakfast in America by Supertramp, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age, and Ta Det Lugnt & 4 by Dungen. He also touched on the hot button issue of free streaming, saying that he's all for it.
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Source: Tame Impala YouTube