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Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

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    Personnel: Austin Brown (vocals, guitar); Sean Yeaton (vocals). Audio Mixer: Jon Schenke. Recording information: New York, NY (02/2012). Passionate slackers Parquet Courts are from the same crew of Texas-to-Brooklyn transplants responsible for the Zapp......more

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Artist: Parquet Courts
Description:
Personnel: Austin Brown (vocals, guitar); Sean Yeaton (vocals). Audio Mixer: Jon Schenke. Recording information: New York, NY (02/2012). Passionate slackers Parquet Courts are from the same crew of Texas-to-Brooklyn transplants responsible for the Zappa-esque genre-bending conceptual weirdness of Fergus & Geronimo as well as the more straightforward basement pop-punk of Teenage Cool Kids. Songwriter Andrew Savage is clearly a prolific and multifaceted character, but with Parquet Courts, he taps into a focus and sense of mood cultivation missing in some of his other projects. Savage and fellow songwriter Austin Brown present a series of observational freeze-frames on debut album Light Up Gold, zeroing in on banal scenes, everyday events, and listless pondering during drifting times. Musically, Parquet Courts draw on some influences not commonly paired, but to great effect. Motoric indie rockers like "Borrowed Thyme" and "Stoned & Starving" call to mind the wandering rock of the Feelies or the inward-looking side of the first phase of the Modern Lovers. Contemporaries like Tyvek can be heard on the shouty poetry of tracks like "Donuts Only" and "Yonder Is Closer to the Heart," while the shadow of '90s staple artists like Pavement and Sonic Youth colors the entire album. All these disparate influences don't show up in a way that feels jarring or derivative, which is perhaps the great strength of Light Up Gold. The album manages to sound like it's learning from its influences rather than stealing directly. Much like Pavement's "Two States" managed to blatantly ape the Fall and somehow still get a pass on its own merits, "Careers in Combat" apes Pavement aping the Fall in the most original way possible, and sounds great in the process. The patchwork of reference points becomes more about the way the band wears them than anything, and Parquet Courts' approach to both melody and always-mutating guitar tones silently elevates them from being mere reflections of their rec...
See Also:
Light Up Gold
See Contemporaries:
K-Holes, Protomartyr, Wiccans, Yuck, Tyvek
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Gold Record Diamond Minds
  2. 2 Borrowed Thyme
  3. 3 Donuts Only
  4. 4 Yr No Stoner
  5. 5 Yonder Is Closer to the Heart
  6. 6 Careers in Combat
  7. 7 Color of Something, The
  8. 8 Gleaning Embers from a Burning Field
  9. 9 Sioux, an Apache and a Mohawk, A
  10. 10 Stoned & Starving
  11. 11 No Ideas
  12. 12 Caster of Worthless Spells
  13. 13 Borealis Lit Fjord, A
  14. 14 Tears O'Plenty
  15. 15 I Fell in Debt to Those Country Crooners
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
What's Your Rupture?
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
33 : 6
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.71) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Brooklyn-via-Texas band make near-perfect post-college rock, merging sharp, twitchy post-punk and sweet, slovenly early-Nineties indie rock..." CMJ - "Their clean, jangly guitars, steady drums and unforced melodies have passed the litmus test amongst many already and will undoubtedly win over plenty more with the album's second release." Pitchfork (Website) - "The tension between the sharp rhythms and the ace fretwork is GOLD's most reliable thrill..."
UPC:
851372002457
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