This week’s Sound and Vision is Tame Impala’s 2015 album Currents, where Kevin Parker masterfully merged his unique neo-psychedelic sound with 70s and 80s sounding synthesizers to create something still distinctly Tame Impala, yet fresh and uniquely its own. For the album, Parker recorded all the instruments himself and dedicated innumerable hours to each detail on the album, which was met with near-universal acclaim and even scored him a Grammy nomination.

Juxtapoz Sound and Vision is a new segment on our platform dedicated to exploring one piece of substantial album artwork every Sunday. Album artwork is one of the primary ways that musicians and visual artists are able to collaborate, and many iconic album covers are simultaneously iconic pieces of pop art. It’s also an excuse for us to share some of our favorite albums and the visual component behind what makes an album groundbreaking and fun.

October 13th, 2018: Tame Impala’s “Currents”
Cover art by Robert Beatty

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This week’s Sound and Vision is Tame Impala’s 2015 album Currents, where Kevin Parker masterfully merged his unique neo-psychedelic sound with 70s and 80s sounding synthesizers to create something still distinctly Tame Impala, yet fresh and uniquely its own. For the album, Parker recorded all the instruments himself and dedicated innumerable hours to each detail on the album, which was met with near-universal acclaim and even scored him a Grammy nomination.

The cover artwork was designed by artist, designer, and musician Robert Beatty, who has been incredibly prolific in the last decade, designing album covers for Real Estate, U.S Girls, Oneohtrix Point Never, and many others. His artwork incorporates elements of 70s design and surreal, sometimes psychedelic imagery. He also creates music under his moniker Three Legged Race.