Tame Impala’s latest single, “It Might Be Time” combines ethereal vocals and punchy synths, giving us all a glimpse at what to expect from their upcoming album.
This week, we’ll be jumping around a bit more than usual. We’ve got classic songs lined up for their anniversaries, new singles hitting the streams, and one or two leftover Halloween tunes for anyone out there like me who isn’t ready for the spooky season to be over.
Our song of the day for today is Tame Impala’s recently released single, “It Might Be Time”. It’s the third single Tame Impala have released in anticipation for their upcoming twelve-track album, following both “Borderline” and “Patience”. So before we get into our song, let’s first take a look at everything we know about the new Tame Impala album so far.
The Slow Rush
Recently, Tame Impala revealed the release date for their upcoming fourth studio album. “The Slow Rush” is set to release on February 14th, 2020, nearly five years after their previous album, “Currents”. The fact that “The Slow Rush” releases on Valentine’s Day might be a good sign that fans can expect at least a couple of love songs.
It’s safe to say that Kevin Parker is Tame Impala. For this album, he recorded, mixed, and produced every track, working between Los Angeles and his hometown studio in Fremantle, Australia.
While it’s set to release on Valentine’s Day, one of the major themes of “”The Slow Rush” will be time.
Parker told the New York Times earlier this year that many of the songs “carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onward. I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it.”
The titles of the album itself, as well as two of its three singles also support Parker’s statement. And as we’ll see, time is a major theme in our song of the day.
It Might Be Time
“It Might Be Time” opens with a smattering of spacey synths before Parker’s equally spacey voice kicks in with the beat. Despite the soft intro, the song quickly finds its groove in the bombastic chorus. Here, heavy drums accompany Parker’s reverb-soaked voice as it echoes and pans. A bloated, distorted bass brings in a strong backbone that settles into the groove nicely, while an electric, siren-like tone sweeps back and forth.
While the melody of the chorus is easy to catch onto, the direction of the verses are a bit more difficult to grasp. This comes off as slightly disorienting, but luckily doesn’t last for long. Each time the chorus drops is like a refreshing dive into cool waters.
The lyrics of “It Might Be Time” continue to ruminate on the passage of time, as well as how it affects friendships and relationships. The chorus continually reiterates this.
“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”
The main passage that deals with relationships comes in during the refrain or second verse. However you want to look at it.
“I’ve been lost before
So tell me it’s not over
‘Cause I finally got somethin’ goin’
And suddenly all my friends are growin’ up
And movin’ on
I must be missin’ somethin'”
The theme of time brushes up against this idea of letting things go and accepting change. It’s a skill we all need to learn in life, but nevertheless can be one of the hardest things to go through.
Overall, I found Tame Impala’s “It Might Be Time” both refreshing and almost irresistibly catchy. If you’re looking for an ear worm that’ll get stuck in your head for possibly days at a time, you should listen to this. And even if that’s not what you’re looking for, you should probably still listen to this.
That about does it for our discussion today. I hope you enjoyed listening to and learning a little bit about Tame Impala’s “It Might Be Time”. Be sure to mark February 14th off on your calendar next year for “The Slow Rush”.