Live Footage: Tame Impala Performs “Lost in Yesterday” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”


I’ve spilled quite a bit of virtual ink over the past decade — yes, decade — covering the Perth, Australia-born and-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and JOVM mainstay Kevin Parker, the creative mastermind behind the critically acclaimed and commercially successful psych pop/synth pop project Tame Impala. Parker’s third, full-length album, 2015’s Currents was a critical and commercial breakthrough. Released to overwhelming and wide-ranging critical applause across the blogosphere and elsewhere, the album was Grammy-nominated, RIAA Gold-Certified effort that reflected a decided change in direction for Parker’s songwriting and sound: the material  featured some of  his most emotionally direct lyrics paired with an nuanced and textured sound that draw from psych rock, psych pop, prog rock, synth pop and R&B.

The Slow Rush, Parker’s recently released, fourth Tame Impala album conjures the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by you while you’re looking at your phone. Thematically, the album focuses on the rapid passing of time and the unending cycles of creation and destruction in life.  “A lot of the songs carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onwards. I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it,” Parker told the New York Times in a profile on him and the album.

Last year Parker released the first batch of new Tame Impala material in over four years — “Patience,” a decidedly upbeat banger that seamlessly bridged 90s house and 70s funk while being a thoughtful meditation on the cycles and phases of life and “Borderline” a blissed out, shimmering mid-tempo track with house music flourishes and a razor sharp hook. Unofficially, those two tracks were the first two singles off Parker’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated fourth album, The Slow Rush. Parker closed out last year with the release of “It Might Be Time,” a swaggering prog rock meets psych pop banger, centered around layers of shimmering  synth arpeggios, thumping beats,  an anthemic hook and Parker’s plaintive vocals.

The Slow Rush‘s fourth  “Lost in Yesterday” is a woozy and hallucinogenic  disco-tinged banger centered around a propulsive and sinuous bass line, shimmering synth arpeggios, tweeter and woofer rocking beats, a cathartic and soaring hook and Parker’s plaintive vocals. While sonically the song seems to continue a run of glistening and decidedly 80s inspired synth bangers, the song thematically finds Parker exploring time’s distorting effect on memories. Given enough time, nostalgia gives even the most embittering times in your life a bit of a rosy tinge, and a sense of purpose and meaning that you didn’t feel while experiencing it. At it s core, the song is a plea to break the urge to look back with rose colored glasses and live in the here and now.

Parker is currently on tour to support The Slow Rush. And while on the West Coast, Parker and his backing band appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he performed “Lost in Yesterday.” The tour does include a New York Metropolitan area date at this year’s Governor’s Ball. Check out the tour dates below.

03/09/20 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena San Diego* SOLD OUT
03/10/20 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum* SOLD OUT
03/11/20 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum* – SOLD OUT
03/13/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center* SOLD OUT
03/19/20 – Mexico City, MEX @ Foro Sol $ – Tickets
03/21/20 – Monterrey, MEX @ Pal Norte $ – Tickets
04/16/20 – Aucckland, NZ @ Spark Arena^ – Tickets
04/18/20 – Brisbane, AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre^ – Tickets
04/20/20 – Sydney, AUS @ Qudos Bank Arena^ – Tickets
04/23/20 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena^ – Tickets
04/24/20 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena^ – Tickets
04/25/20 – Adelaide, AUS @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre^ – Tickets
04/28/20 – Perth, AUS @ RAC Arena^ – Tickets
05/23/20 – London, UK @ All Points East – Victoria Park – Tickets
05/29/20 – Chicago, IL @ United Center# – Tickets
05/30/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum# – Tickets
05/31/20 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena# – Tickets
06/02/20 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena# – Tickets
06/03/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre# – Tickets
06/05/20 – Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball – Tickets
06/06/20 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena# – Tickets
06/08/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center# – Tickets
06/09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena# – Tickets
06/11/20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena# – Tickets
06/12/20 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center# – Tickets
06/14/20 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo – Tickets
07/17/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center# – Tickets
07/19/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center# – Tickets
07/20/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center# – Tickets
07/21/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center# – Tickets – Tickets
07/23/20 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center# – Tickets
07/24/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center# – Tickets
07/25/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center# – Tickets
07/28/20 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena# – Tickets
07/30/20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center# – Tickets
08/01/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena# – Tickets
08/03/20 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center# – Tickets
08/05/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena# – Tickets
08/07/20 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre# – Tickets
* w/ Clairo
$ w/ MGMT
# w/ Perfume Genius
^ w/ Khruangbin