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ALBUM REVIEW | INDIE ROCK

Tame Impala, ‘Currents’

Smack in the middle of Tame Impala’s set at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May, the stranger next to me suddenly shouted his review of the performance: “I feel like I don’t know where I am!” It was a perfect (and succinct) description for the sort of magical mystery tour that Kevin Parker takes his listeners on. His songs are often dizzying fusions of psychedelic rock and narcotic pop, ending up in the least likely places. The Australian band’s new “Currents,” its third full-length album, takes yet another loophole, edging into the icy waters of dance-floor euphoria. Creeping toward eight minutes, the opening “Let It Happen” shifts through kaleidoscopic patterns meant to emulate the chaos of everyday life. You can feel the giddy fun Parker was clearly having in the studio. Meanwhile, “ ’Cause I’m a Man” reverberates with shimmering soul and the foxiest falsetto heard on record this year. If you need a firm handle on which direction Parker is taking Tame Impala, look no further than the title of the fourth track: “Yes I’m Changing.” (Out Friday)

JAMES REED

ESSENTIAL “ ’Cause I’m a Man”