Best Tracks 2015: Tame Impala - "Let It Happen"
Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:52:41
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A little over halfway through Tame Impala's nearly 8-minute album opener, "Let It Happen," the record seems to suddenly catch, creating a snag in the smooth, meticulously layered sounds that had come before, then the noise of an orchestra bursts forth, and Kevin Parker's previously human-sounding voice goes from coaxing to robotic. It's the kind of moment EDM-listeners are used to, the moment just before the drop, but it's different here on the first track off Currents (Modular/Interscope). It signifies a shift in the colorful palette of Parker's sounds.
Back in 2010 when Innerspeaker first picked up speed, Tame Impala was a psychedelic rock band with a comparatively small audience, and Kevin Parker was a guy who sounded freakishly like John Lennon. It was great, but it wasn't the kind of music that packed arenas. Now in 2015, Tame Impala is headlining Coachella and "Let It Happen" let everyone know that they are more than able to blow the socks off 30,000 people.
Every moment of Currents was painstakingly put together, taken apart, put back together and re-analyzed, Parker is so scrupulous that it's almost inhuman. On "Let It Happen," he finally comes to terms with this, and just "let(s) it happen." He takes all the psychedelic, mind-bending that made Tame Impala an interesting rock band in the first place and molds it into an earth-shatteringly universal get-on-your-feet-and-dance track - in a similar way to the music scene's most famous robots, Daft Punk, would do it.
The song ends with Parker repeating "maybe I was ready all along," and it certainly seems like he was. "Let It Happen" delivers layer after layer of lush soundscapes, and its robotic shift lets listeners know it's only going to get better from there. Maybe that sudden snag and roboticism that follows makes Parker human after all, or, maybe, it reminds us that there's a little bit of robot in all of us.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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