The Joup Friday Album: Tame Impala – Currents

tameimpalaLevitation was cancelled due to weather.  I’m a sad panda.  Here’s your Friday album.

This week, rather than pick some album from my youth that has been instrumental to me as a person, or some culturally significant all-timer that deserves your infinite spins, I’m going with a more recent offering that’s just way too much fun to not listen to today.  And while someday, Australian rock band Tame Impala’s third album Currents may become a certifiable classic or pop cultural milestone (it’s certainly good enough), for now we’ll just call it a ridiculously good pop record that blends psych rock, dreampop, and slinky disco synth-pop in a way that recalls the best 80’s albums that were never actually made.  It’s retro chic, but in a timeless way, and I’ve been grooving steadily to it since last summer.

The formula is pretty simple really: danceable R&B rhythms + disco beats + lush and dreamy synths + psych pop melodies + lyrics tinged with heartache and transition = fantastic fucking pop album.

Opening track “Let It Happen” (one of, if not the best song of 2015) hits the ground running, but every single song thereafter on Currents is a winner as well.  There is no filler, just 50 some odd minutes of dancey, head-bobbing, perfect pop.  So, cue it up for a road trip, or a night out, or a lazy afternoon poolside, or just in your own personal earspace as you veg out on a comfy chair somewhere.  This is your Friday album.

As always, I encourage you to support all artists.  Buy this record!


Daniel, please regale us all with some music to get us through next weekend.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit

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