Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

July 30, 2012

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I’ve been listening to this one consistently for the past few weeks since Andrew sent us a link to the album’s bandcamp page. In regards to the album, he writes:

This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can
be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from
home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a
subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin.

Pretty apt description for the general tone of this album. When listening to the past few albums in Savage’s repertoire (see Denton After Sunset, Unlearn, Foreign Lands, etc.), it would seem he and fellow songwriter, Austin Brown, have a pretty firm grasp on that general pulse.  A grumbling about lack of employment, a word or two about an old girlfriend, the shudder you feel when leaving your hometown. At the surface, these themes may seem very slanted towards a specific demographic; the white, suburban-middle-class raised 20-somethings. However, what generation hasn’t had the same complaints about the society around them? There have always been societal constraints and and the disillusioned to challenge those bounds. That said, I think my mom might like parts of this record.

Sonically, Savage and Brown take heavy krautrock influences and fuse them with punk and 90s guitar rock. The result is a vast improvement on the American Specialties cassette. It would seem that they’ve distilled those mixed and varied influences and created a sound that is unique to Parquet Courts. Both Savage and Brown share writing and vocal duties, but the whole effort is cohesive, yet varied enough to hold your attention throughout. Parquet Courts clearly have a knack for catchy songwriting that they show off uniquely on each of Light Up Gold’s 15 tracks.

Stream/download it at Dull Tools’ bandcamp and preorder a copy at their bigcartel. While you’re there, buy Teenage Cool Kids’ incredible Denton After Sunset!

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