Tame Impala Releases A Decadent New Song, 'Borderline' Released just before the band's Coachella appearance this weekend, "Borderline" sounds engineered for the festivalgoer masses hell-bent on vibing in the sand and heat.
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Tame Impala Releases A Decadent New Song, 'Borderline'

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Tame Impala's really committing to its new, lustrous yacht-rock sound with its latest single. The song, "Borderline," comes just before the band's Coachella appearance this weekend, and seems aimed directly at festive masses hell-bent on vibing in the sand and heat.

A Madonna cover this is not. "We're on the borderline / Caught between the tides of pain and rapture," Parker sighs of a pairing in severely dire straits. The sound is almost bacchanalian, suited for luxury and extravagance — with a harpsichord, a reedy breakdown and the conga drums we last heard on "Patience." There's a little bit more familiar, psych-y weirdness here, with Parker's voice stretched out like taffy, wrapped around the song's sweet excesses.

"Borderline" originally debuted on the band's Saturday Night Live appearance at the end of March. Still no word on a full-length album, though.