The Slow Rush has a loose theme running through it concerning the nature of time. Here, Kevin Parker ruminates on how passing days immediately become the past.
I was blinded by a memory Like it's someone else, like it wasn't me And there's every chance I'll be learning fast And the day will come and then it will pass
The actions we do now will become the recollections and regrets of yesterday. Once something is done it can't be undone.
Parker commented to Apple Music: "Future memories are present-day current events. Tomorrow's dust is in today's air, floating around us as we speak."
Speaking with The London Times, Parker broke down the meaning of The Slow Rush. "If you stare at the clock, it's crawling along, but as soon as you get distracted, that's when time overtakes you," he said. "As humans we could do so much, but somehow time always gets the better of us. How does that happen?"
Parker told Triple J's Lucy Smith that the mysterious voice at the end of "Tomorrow's Dust" actually belongs to his wife, Sophie, where he asked her to make a fake phone call.
"I wanted to just get this ambient [noise] of her talking on the phone. So much of this album has to do with the future and what's gonna happen for the rest of your life. So I got her to talk about the future, like what you're gonna do… But she drew from her past. She spent some time in London. When she came home, she was kind of strung out. She didn't know what to do. She was kind of at a loss. So she was just literally talking from her own perspective a few years ago when she didn't know where she was going in life."