Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band created by Kevin Parker, who writes, performs, produces and records all the band’s tracks.
“The Less I Know The Better” is funk, disco, psychedelic rock fuelled track off of the 2015 album “Currents”. Telling the story of a unrequited (but also possible future love). The song heavily features the sound of bass, with an undertone of rock throughout. Parker spoke about his desire to provide n distinct and unique riff to track to UK music publication “Noisey”. “I just remember sitting alone in my home studio, a little studio, because I was between house, and making the demo of the song in about half an hour. Like I had the chords and the melody and I was just thinking, “It needs a gnarly bass riff.” The way I know I’ve done a new riff that is cool, is if my hands don’t want to do it. If you let your hands do the thinking, it will just be the same old shit. But yeah, the bass riff – it’s actually a guitar with an octave pedal – but that very take is the one that’s used in the whole song.” The interesting aspect of the song is also how it focuses on the woman leading on the narrator, and how she does want to be with him, but not just now: “In ten years we’ll be together”, she tells the narrator.
The music video is directed by a Spanish duo “Canada” based in Barcelona. The music video is a collective mix of story and visual art, with it being set in a highschool where a basketball player falls in love with a cheerleader, but she’s into the gorilla mascot. At the end of the music video, the basketball player defeats the mascot by throwing a basketball into his stomach. As of November 2018, the video has almost 74 million views.
Release Date: 17th July 2015
Songwriter/s: Kevin Parker
Producer/s: Kevin Parker
Label/s: Modular, Interscope
Music Video Release Date: 26th November 2015
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Chart Rankings, Awards & Certifications: Gold certification in the US and Australia, and Silver in the UK. The track peacked at #23 on the Belgian Flanders singles charts, #36 on the US Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs charts, #66 on the Australian ARIA Singles chart and #195 on the French singles Chart. The track also made it to #4 on Australian Radio Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2015.