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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

 

Charging forward in an uncharacteristically combative tone, “Sunbathing Animal” move more than a few steps past the Gang Of Four/Velvet inspired comfort of Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts great 2013 album. It’s not that the band lost any of their NYC punk roots on here; it’s just that they seem to have acquired a whirling southern timbre – attached with high-strung drumming and brash guitars – showing none of their previous constraint. On “Sunbathing Animal”, Andrew Savage’s manic machinegun firing becomes a tireless ordeal to make any sense out of; “like a sunbathing animal” is easily turned into “it sucks being an animal”, yet, the turmoil easily transcends even without a lyrics sheet. “Sunbathing Animal” is absurdly expulsive and continues the bands ceaseless quest of mutating NYC punk traditions into piercing nonconformities.

“Sunbathing Animal” is the untamed and – reportedly – far from representative title track of Parquet Courts upcoming new album, out on June 3 via What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop

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