“Posthumous Forgiveness” is the fourth track from Australian music project Tame Impala and their fourth studio album “The Slow Rush”, which was released on the 14th February 2020. Written and produced by Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), “Posthumous Forgiveness” was released as the third single from the album on the 3rd December 2019.
The track features Parker reminiscing and questioning his deceased father’s character, and how as Parker aged, he saw his father for who he truly was. The first part of the track feels angry, with Parker almost calling out his father for his behaviour. In the second part of the song, Parker seems to welcome a change of tone and heart, wishing his father was still alive so that he could play him all his songs and tell him about his life. In an interview uploaded to YouTube by Interscope Records, Parker discusses the track with Apple Beats radio host and interviewer Zane Lowe. “[“Posthumous Forgiveness”] was never meant to be a two-part song…” On the Apple Music page for the album, Parker shares a quote about each song and its meaning. For “Posthumous Forgiveness”, Parker stated that song was about: “Wrestling with demons of the past. Something from a long time ago doesn’t add up. I was lied to! Maybe there’s a good explanation but I’ll never get to hear it, so it’s up to me to imagine what it might sound like…”.
There is currently no music video for “Posthumous Forgiveness”, but the audio upload on Tame Impala’s YouTube channel has 2.7 million views since its release in December 2019. On Spotify, the track has almost 14 million streams worldwide.
Release Date: 3rd December 2019
Songwriter: Kevin Parker
Producer: Kevin Parker
Chart Rankings: “Posthumous Forgiveness” peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart in December 2019.
The lyrics to “Posthumous Forgiveness” can be viewed here: LINK