The popularity of Brooklyn-based post-punkers Parquet Courts has skyrocketed since the release of their 2013 album, Light Up Gold. They've played on TV and toured constantly. Now they have recorded a followup called Sunbathing Animal, due out on June 3rd via What's Your Rapture? The record expands on the band's style, showcasing a variety of influences, as well as reflecting on their life the past year. Listen to it above.
Throughout the album, various genres are highlighted. "Always Back In Town" takes on a '60s garage rock sound, the title track could fit in with the '80s hardcore punk scene, and "Instant Disassembly," at over seven minutes in length, feels like a bluesy jam session. "She's Rolling," at the midway point of the album, even breaks into a psychedelic, experimental, harmonica-led instrumental finale.
The lyrics have a dark side to them, with a lot of bitterness, nervousness and pain scattered throughout. "Instant Disassembly" features the group repeating, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe, it's hard to inhale," as the track fades out. In "Black and White," vocalist Andrew Savage sings, "Is the solitude I seek a trap, where I've been blindly led? Tell me, where then do I go instead?" followed by a fuzzy, instrumental freakout. Parquet Courts undergoes a musical evolution on Sunbathing Animal ,taking from many styles and still producing a tight album with both high energy and slow burning moments.
Preorder Sunbathing Animal on iTunes and Amazon. You can also watch the music video for the title track, right here on Zumic. For Parquet Courts' latest music, news and tour dates check out their Zumic artist page.