Tame Impala – List Of People (To Try And Forget About) (Track Of The Day, 26th November)

Tame Impala released Currents B-Sides & Remixes on 16th November. The EP includes three previously unreleased tracks and two remixes from the Perth based psychedelic rock outfit. The first track of the EP is our Track Of The Day today.

To put it simply, “List Of People (To Try And Forget About)” is an attempt to recover from love. Kevin Parker opened up about the making of the track with Zane Lowe as part of a Beats1 interview:

As you can guess from the title, the ‘chunk of emotion’ is an earnest attempt to let go of someone, when pre-occupation with thinking of them is getting in the way of life.

Deep and reverberating chords are a deceptive introduction to what’s ahead in this track. The darker sound is soon swamped by dance-worthy beats and ear-swimming immersion.

“It was obviously an illusion
’cause there’s never been so much I’ve been wrong about

And I don’t want to spend all my days thinking of the one I can’t live without”

There are moments along the way that feel like witnessing a sunrise and like soaring among the clouds, despite the negativity of the situation. The cutting off of the vocals mid sentence seem to reflect the force of effort in creating positivity in forgetting about the person with which it ‘coulda been magic’.

The bridge feels more honest and sombre, losing the beat and having the distortion effect of the synth chords sounding like a raining down of static seem like it could be their history raining down.. and being let go.

It’s addictive with that repeated melody and the way you can get lost in the experience of the song. Check out “List Of People (To Try And Forget About)” and the rest of Currents B-Sides & Remixes.

 

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it.

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