Nicolas Jaar

Sonic surprises on 'Currents'; 'Pomegranates' runs deeper than weird

Tame Impala, "Currents" (Interscope). The songs on the new album by Australian songwriter, singer and primary Tame Impala member Kevin Parker double down on the tripped-out psychedelia of his earlier work. But "Currents" accomplishes this through a lightness of touch and a broader palette. As on the 2012 breakout hit "Elephant," Parker loves surprise sonic maneuvers. "Past Life" opens with a pitch-bent spoken-word piece before moving into a down-tempo exploration of reincarnation. "The Moment" shines through a blend of odd synth-pop tones, a catchy melody and a finger-snapped beat. Throughout, "Currents" wends...