Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal Colored Vinyl LP
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal Colored Vinyl LP
The year and change following the release of Parquet Courts monumental 2012 album Light Up Gold is reflected in ways expected and not with Sunbathing Animal, its sharper, harder 2014 follow up. Following their quietly released 2011 debut American Specialties, Light Up Gold caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colors and raw energy, saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life.
It was immediately memorable, a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger's thoughts as you passed them on the street.
As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. As more people tuned into the buzz surrounding Light Up Gold, the band encountered a common misconception that their aim was to somehow recapitulate the spirit of familiar '90s indie rock darlings.
In part, Sunbathing Animal serves as a brick wall deflection to any previous misinterpretations of the band. More than a reactionary sprint in any particular musical direction, Parquet Courts sounds more like themselves than ever, but a more deliberate, aware and pinpoint accurate reading of the same American punk expansion they all but defined on Light Up Gold.
Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves, and extended at length as if to preserve them. The songwriting process began with lyrics, the band building the songs around the words, and the blaring isolation and dynamic emotions are mirrored in both. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, the song is a roller coaster you can't get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity.
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal Track Listing:
1. Bodies Made Of
2. Black and White
3. Dear Ramona
4. What Color Is Blood
5. Vienna II
6. Always Back In Town
7. She's Rolling
8. Sunbathing Animal
9. Up All Night
10. Instant Disassembly
11. Ducking and Dodging
12. Raw Milk
13. Into the Garden
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