Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold/Tally All the Things That You Broke EP (What's Your Rupture?) 2012/2013
So first things first. This is mainly a review of the brand new EP but I have to address the fact that Parquet Courts hit one completely out of the park on their second album "Light Up Gold". Easily one of the best things I have heard in the past year. The bands this album references are all excellent ones but you can't really call it a rip off. The band touches upon The Fall, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Pavement and definitely The Modern Lovers. All these influences swirled together make for an excellent sound that owes a great deal to the past while having one foot firmly planted in the future. The melodies these guys write are all their own and damn catchy, every one of these songs could be a single(and should be) This is one of the most fun albums to have come out in years and everyone should give it a spin, it's pretty much ideal for any situation.
Now having said all that I will address the EP and some of the issues I have with it, for better or worse. The EP is very short, 5 songs, 4 of which dont break the 3 minute mark. These 4 songs are very much in the same vein as the previous album. I really cant complain about em except that a couple dont really grab you as much as the earlier material(i am assuming these were made during the same sessions and they were cut out of the full length) I'll take those songs and be happy we have access to them. Now the final track is the one most people are no doubt talking about. This track is a 7+ minute pseudo rap about riding your bike through the city called "He's seeing paths". The song rides a cheesy drum machine/synth beat for the entirety of its 7 minute run time with a few detours into deconstructed noise. I have to say I love this new direction, albeit it could have been paired down a minute or two but i do like that they are stretching out and trying something new/old but new to them. The track is very reminiscent of Beck's Loser or something along those lines. So yeah these guys are definitely worth your time, Light Up Gold is essential listening and the EP is good for a download. CHECK THESE DUDES OUT!