Kevin Parker releases The Slow Rush remix, imagining the LP being played in “an imaginary place”

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Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has shared a new remix of the band’s latest LP, The Slow Rush, entitled The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place.

The remix adds a new ambient spin to the psychedelic rock record, with added room reverberation and the noise of people talking and milling about. It all adds up to evoke a slowly emptying house party as it nears 4 AM. The project has been shared in a bid to just that, at a time when social gatherings have faded into distant memory – as Parker explains in a post on Instagram: “I made something for all you isolators out there. I call it The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place. Headphones required for full immersive effect.”

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Listen to the remix below, and, as Parker notes, the full effect of the ambient audio is best achieved on headphones.

While it’s a novel approach to bringing a musical experience to fans in these strange times (many artists are instead hosting live streams or giving online lessons), the format itself isn’t necessarily new. There has been a trend for various mood-setting remixes that remove an album from its abstract musical context and place it into something a bit more specific. Parker’s music has received this treatment before, with The Less I Know the Better by Tame Impala as heard in the bathroom of a party. Another notable example would be Toto’s Africa playing in an empty shopping centre – arguably the viral hit that started the trend.

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