Watch Tame Impala play a new song, Borderline, on SNL

Watch Tame Impala play a new song, Borderline, on SNL

It’s the next taste from their highly awaited new album, expected to arrive this Winter.

In news that was hard to miss, two weeks back saw the return of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala project, who after a few years of silence following the release of their last album, Currents, made a psych-disco comeback with Patience. It was a glistening, piano-led return to fame from the Perth-based ensemble that brought shimmering piano melodies and Tame Impala’s signature woozy guitar together, layering a thick, bongo-filled percussion section underneath while Kevin’s soft vocal swayed over the top. In comparison to past Tame Impala work, it shined with a polish we haven’t quite heard thus far - perhaps due to his time in the studio with everyone from Rihanna to Mark Ronson - signalling a new era for the group who have continually grown and evolved over the years.

Over the weekend, they made their Saturday Night Live debut as one of the very few Australian acts to ever perform on the show, performing Patience and a new number, Borderline. In comparison to Patience, Borderline feels a little more accessible and pop-centric, with Kevin’s vocals retaining their catchy, hook-y feeling as they swirl above an upbeat instrumental that when in its recorded format, surely feels sensational. The new album, currently unannounced, is reportedly scheduled for a release this Winter. Tame Impala will headline Coachella in two weeks time — the second Australian band to do so, after AC/DC a few years ago — and with a lineup from Splendour In The Grass incoming this Wednesday, don’t be surprised to see them pop up on that too. Watch them perform Borderline below:

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