Tame Impala will be “less rock and more electronic” on next album

Kevin Parker may be keeping details about his work on the follow-up to 2012’s Lonerism close to his chest, but Pond and Tame Impala member Jay Watson has given FL the inside word on the album.

”[It’s] probably gonna be less rock again and more electronic again, even more than the last one,” Watson told FL. “It’s gonna be awesome, everything he does is awesome.” Sadly Watson couldn’t offer much more detail as Parker has put him on notice. “I guess probably cause he knows someone like me’ll get drunk and then say stuff about it in interviews! Which is a very real possibility,” he explained. “It’s probably best I don’t say anything because I’ll get in more trouble than you will.”

Watson co-wrote the Lonerism tracks ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and ‘Elephant’ but he’s not as involved in the followup and has only heard a few tracks from the record while hanging out in the band room. “I got to hear a lot of [ Lonerism ] as it was happening last time. But this time I don’t think anyone’s really heard it [all] except him and his girlfriend.”

Pond will release their sixth album, Man It Feels Like Space Again, to coincide with their tour as part of the Laneway Festival next year. Housed in spectacular cover art drawn by Benny Montero, the 45-minute record will feature the lead single ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ and eight other songs including the sprawling “out-of-control, ever-shifting” title track. The band describes the album as “a sweeping collection of warm, warped psychedelic gems” inspired by The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, mid-’70s Lennon, MGMT, Todd Rundgren, and Supergrass. Man It Feels Like Space Again is the followup to Hobo Rocket, which featured the singles ‘Giant Tortoise’ and ‘Xanman’. Listen to ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ below.

The full interview with Jay Watson – plus exclusive pics of Pond’s recording session – will be published on FL next week.