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Single Review: Tame Impala – Taxi’s Here
With the release of 2015 Currents' B-sides and remixes, Felix Page weighs up the worthiness of the new material
‘Taxi’s Here’, a synth-heavy emblem of Parker’s use of Currents as a demonstration of the new direction he would be taking his music in, following earlier psych-rock efforts, is almost comedic in its lyrical anti-climactic nature: ‘Push the button and start counting down’ instructs Parker, conjuring images of being in control of a nuclear weapon, of a life-changing event being initiated with one simple action. ‘I can face the unknown / Yes I must / Venture there’ he concludes, evidently having resolved an internal debate regarding his next step.
“Taking sole control of the composition of Currents, Parker has created a sound that could easily be mistaken for that of a 10-member-strong band
The lyrical bias towards self-doubt and loss of control is juxtaposed by Parker’s mixing capabilities. Gradually layering drums, bass and 80s-style effects as the song builds, ‘Taxi’s Here’ shows off his confidence in his own writing abilities. Taking sole control of the composition of Currents, Parker has created a sound that could easily be mistaken for that of a 10-member-strong band. In fact, the effect of this construction is overriding throughout the whole song. The sense of self-contemplation and a growing sense of danger builds and develops. Parker begins to conclude with ‘There’s so much left unclear / But it’s time’, and the listener grows increasingly concerned as to what he might do. What button did he press at the beginning? Then you hear a diesel engine rumble to a stop. A door slams. You slowly remember the name of the song, and Parker closes his ballad with the remark that, at long last…his taxi’s here.