Since announcing the upcoming album The Slow Rush, Tame Impala has just released the third single off the much-anticipated LP, dubbed “Posthumous Forgiveness.” The new single follows the previously released “Borderline” and “It Might Be Time.”
“Posthumous Forgiveness” is an expressive letter to Kevin Parker’s late father, who passed away from cancer at the time the band was recording Innerspeaker. Measuring at a little over six minutes, the track journeys through a series of wavy synths, pithy guitar notes and hazy vocals in tune with Impala’s distinctive psychedelic sound as Parker reflects on the rocky relationship he and his father had. The track begins with a tense slow-tempo instrumental arrangement accompanied by lyrics that confront some unsettled bitterness Parker had for his father: “And while you still had time, you had a chance/But you decided to take all of your sorries to the grave.” Lhe latter half of the song transitions into a more hopeful resolve, led by sped-up drums, ethereal synths, and lighter vocals. Notable quotes like “Wanna tell you ’bout the time/ Wanna tell you ’bout my life” and “Wanna play you all my songs/ I hear your voice, sing along” finish off the track.
Listen to Tame Impala’s latest single “Posthumous Forgiveness” below.