Tame Impala hails from Perth, Australia, which might be the most geographically isolated city in the world. And when I finally had the chance to speak with frontman Kevin Parker, he'd just returned from going off the grid as he does "when it all gets too much." Parker's a hard man to pin down.
Having just put out its third album, Currents, only three weeks ago, Tame Impala has consolidated its position as psychedelic rock's standard bearer. (Writing in these pages in 2012, Dave Pehling called Parker an "audio hallucination conjurer.") But Parker doesn't think of what he does as psychedelic rock, noting that people seem to hold wildly different opinions of how Tame Impala fits in at festivals like Outside Lands.