Tame Impala have become the latest modern act to share a contribution to the soundtrack of Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.
As the movie arrives in cinemas around the world today (June 24), the director’s countrymen have unveiled their remix of The King’s 1968 track ‘Edge of Reality’, which you can hear below. It means they follow in the footsteps of the likes of Eminem, Doja Cat, Kacey Musgraves and Swae Lee, among others, in making a contemporary contribution to the period piece, which stars Austin Butler in a show-stopping turn as the rock and roll pioneer and Tom Hanks as his mentor and manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
You can hear the remix below. The soundtrack’s content runs the gamut from original material, such as Eminem’s CeeLo Green collaboration ‘The King and I’, which samples ‘Jailhouse Rock’, to covers of songs from Presley’s catalogue, with Musgraves having taken on ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and Eurovision winners Måneskin chipping in with their own version of ‘If I Can Dream’.
It is the latest piece of news from the Tame Impala camp, following on from the recent announcement that they would play a very special set at the psych-rock-heavy Desert Daze festival in Moreno Beach, California in September. Kevin Parker’s men will play second album ‘Lonerism’ from front to back at the bash, to mark its tenth anniversary; a fitting decision, given that Desert Daze itself is celebrating its tenth edition. Other acts on the bill include Iggy Pop, Sky Ferreira, JPEGMAFIA and fellow Australian noodlers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
They will hope for a better outcome than when they last appeared at the festival, in 2018; their headline set that year had to be abandoned after just three songs, owing to an approaching thunderstorm. Speaking of festival cancellations, Tame Impala paid tribute to The Strokes at Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona earlier this month, when the New York indie rockers were forced to pull out due to a positive COVID-19 test in the touring party. They played a cover of ‘Last Nite’, a track conspicuous by its absence from The Strokes’ own setlist when they successfully made an appearance a week later, at the second weekend of the Catalonian event.