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Listen: Tame Impala - “Eventually” (Plus Kevin Parker Explains the Song in our Interview Excerpt)

Currents Due This Summer, Read Under the Radar's Cover Story on Tame Impala

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Tame Impala have released “Eventually,” the fourth song revealed from the Australian band’s upcoming third album, Currents, due out this summer on Interscope. It’s a nice slow-burner and you can listen to it below.

Tame Impala are on the cover of Under the Radar‘s current print magazine. Pick up a copy now to read the first interview with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker about Currents. The digital version of the magazine (for iPads/iPhones) also contains a bonus Q&A with Parker. Below is an excerpt from that Q&A (conducted by Matt Fink), in which Parker talks about the inspiration behind “Eventually.”

Matt Fink (Under the Radar): How about “Eventually”? What was your original idea for that song?

Kevin Parker: All I know about the genesis of that song is that I was on the back of a scooter. I think I was in Perth and my friend was driving the scooter and I was on the back. I don’t know why, but I started singing it in my head. The song is about knowing that you’re about to damage someone almost irreparably, and the only consolation you get is this distant hope that they’ll be alright eventually, because you know that they aren’t going to be now or soon. It’s like “Fuck!” That’s all I remember. I was on the back of the scooter and the wind was rushing through me.

It sounds like a breakup song.

Yeah. I guess I can’t really deny that, but at the same time I like songs to be ambiguous. I hate to say that a song is about this and you must interpret it this way, because one of the cool things is to hear someone’s interpretation of one of your songs that is completely different. That’s when you feel like you’ve done something that belongs not just to you. That’s when you feel like your music belongs to the world, when you hear all these different interpretations and what it does to people. It’s a good feeling.

Do people usually interpret your songs the way you intend them?

People don’t talk to me about their interpretations, usually. I think the interpretation of songs on Lonerism were especially wide because the vocals weren’t very easily understood. One of the things about that album was that I finished it and I was like, “All the levels are perfect, and you can hear every word.” Then I listened to it a year later, and I was like, “Fuck! You can’t hear a thing! Turn up the vocals, mate!”


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