Initially, a single off of Tame Impala’s 2020 album, “The Slow Rush,” “Breathe Deeper,” returns with a bit of help from a naval vessel called Lil’ Yachty.
From the get-go, the song starts off with a swagger reminiscent of a movie character strutting on the street. Much like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, this character confidently pops up his collar and gives pointed finger gestures, high fives, and good vibes to anyone along his way. In this case, the main protagonist is Lil’ Yachty, who is drug-fueled, lonely, and vulnerable. With lust in his heart, Yachty just wants to cuddle up with that special someone and feel a connection for the night. Props are clearly due to Yachty, as his attitude and approach to vocals perfectly fit the vibe of Breathe Deeper. People may dismiss the singer as just a “mumble rapper,” but here, the boat’s talent truly shines with lines upon lines of interesting dialogue. You can tell that he’s putting his heart into his verses as the flow feels so organic alongside the instruments.
It was so amazing to work with Kevin as I’ve been a big fan since high school so it was a pleasant surprise and honor to be a part of such an incredible song.
Although predominantly absent in the single, Parker doesn’t entirely give up the spotlight. Appearing to be Yachty’s significant other during the verses, Kevin encourages Lil’ Boat to be himself, have fun and then maybe get together in the end. Overall, the duet between the pair compliments the song excellently, perhaps even better than the original. For example, sonic space in the original at times was dull, and for a theme such as “Breathe Deeper,” the constant barrage of vocals is a refreshing new take in the remix. Even when we take a break at the chorus, Yachty adds simplistic harmonies that suit the song better than parker’s rendition (Kevin singing “Telemona” was a bit ‘meh’ in my humble opinion).
To be expected of Tame Impala, the production is top-notch and quite literally shocking (considering how he got the tone off of his bass 0:14). Kevin’s love of modern pop is unapologetically present in the single with cheeky piano fills and drums that were intended to be played differently. In his own words, “It’s kinda the first time that I treated… me playing the drums as a beat”(Kevin Parker), which understandably gives the song a more hip-hop feel. In summary, when you combine all these elements together, you get a wholly unique version of an already fantastic song.
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