Thursday, October 3, 2013

Album Review: Parquet Courts- Tally All The Things That You Broke EP

Parquet Courts
Tally All The Things That You Broke EP
**and1/2 out of *****

The Parquet Courts lo-fi poppy garage rock is captured winningly here on their newest EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke. The basic RnR simpleness mixed without of left-field guitar squeals combine for a British sounding punk flavor from these Brooklyn based boys.

The 5 songs here are scrappy, led by the best track "You've Got Me Wondering Now" with it's doo-op'y vibe and lyrical inclusion of the EP's title. "Descend (The Way)" keeps up the rock feel but "The More It Works" just ends up being repetitive as the added six-string flairs and feedback flairs can't rescue a dull song that at 5 minutes sticks around 3 and a half minutes too long. "Fall On Yr Face" has an awkward jangly vibe and vocals straight out of Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized" without the crazy fury.

It is in disk closer "He's Seeing Paths" that things really take a turn for the interesting.  The track has a hip-hop induced beat that grooves with odd sounds, a meaty guitar line and swagger, easily the most musically engaging track out of the bunch, ending Tally All The Things You Broke on an unexpected experimental high note, reminiscent of old Beck tracks.

The band is loose and quirky enough to mix things up in the garage rock scene keeping things fresh, and this EP will hold over fans (and possibly create new ones) until the next full length release.
Support the band here, for a limited time you can stream the disk here at the A/V Club, and peep some video below:   
"You've Got Me Wondering Now"

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