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PARQUET COURTS "Sunbathing Animal" (What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop)

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:00 am

Brooklyn grunge quartet Parquet Courts seems to be experiencing the anxiety of influence these days. The band’s third album carries a press statement that comes across more like an apologetic psychological profile than an endorsement. Speaking of the group’s experiences on the road supporting Light Up Gold (2012), the statement reads, “The band encountered a common misconception that their aim was to somehow recapitulate the spirit of familiar ’90s indie rock darlings. Coming from a background of not-quite-legal DIY show spaces and lawless basement gigs, being branded as an update to ’90s slacker rock was confusing for the group, who were far more invested in creating lyrically complex statements and new ideas.” Unfortunately for the confused musicians, this stated intent and the end product don’t match up in this new release. In song after song, the structure, instrument tones, vocals, and overall feel bring to mind acts of yore like Pavement, Mudhoney, and even The Presidents of the United States of America. The album also carries a healthy dose of angsty lyrical humor, as heard in “What Color Is Blood?” — “What color is blood? Still the same that it was? Is it still good at what it does?” Parquet Courts is still good at what it does; what’s surprising is that the band feels the need to escape from the niche it spent the last several years carving out for itself.

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