Tame Impala Recreates the Live Concert Experience with New ‘Immersive’ Mix of ‘The Slow Rush’ (Listen, With Headphones Please)


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Back on February 14, which feels like it was a year and a half ago given what’s happened to the world in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, Tame Impala released The Slow Rush.

A trippy adventure through modern psychedelia helmed by band leader/mastermind Kevin Parker, the album was an exhilarating and all-encompassing listen … and Parker has now unleashed a new version of the record for all to hear.

Writing on Instagram that, “I made something for all you isolators out there,” Parker and Tame Impala debuted The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place this week.

While the regular version of The Slow Rush is an intense experience on its own, The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place presents the album in a “live” setting, the audio mixed in a manner that makes it sound like you’re at a Tame Impala gig. The only thing missing is the intense light show.

Given the circumstances of right now, one where concerts do not exist outside livestreamed events in bedrooms and home studios and the concept of “going to a public place and gathering with the masses” sounds like a fantasy, this whole project is fascinating — and effective, as it does sound like you’re hearing the songs through the filter of a live concert setting.

There’s the low din of folks chattering — though not overwhelming the music coming from the “PA system,” which can sometimes be the case at gigs. Overall, it’s a great experience. Stream it below, but be sure to use headphones.

And for the “regular” experience, stream The Slow Rush via Spotify below.


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