Patience is what’s been required of fans and aficionados of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala of late, and Patience is so too his first post-Currents-cycle single. He’s been keeping himself fairly busy in the interim, of course – the moniker is becoming increasingly sizeable on festival bills worldwide, while he’s since worked alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Kali Uchis, and Kanye West – although this direct, undemanding return makes for the sort of song on which his name was made. An intoxicating conflation of lithe synths lines, plinky keys, arpeggi reminiscent of Frankie Knuckles’ You Got the Love reboot, and Roxy Music-centric rhythms (including omnipresent bongos) sounds ineffably naff, but never does Parker stray into such territory. “Has it really been that long?/ Did I count the days wrong?/ Did we just go back/ All the way to step one?” he may begin, but his productional nous – combined with both his inimitably breezy vocal delivery, and an enviable knack for forward-thinking, but throwback hooks – has audibly come a long way, as Parker continues “growing up in stages/ Living life in phases.”
Patience is available now via Modular Recordings.