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Welcome to the funhouse: Parquet Courts raise freak flag with new EP

By Emily Reily

The playful and raucous set served up on Parquet Courts‘ latest five-song EP, “Tally All the Things That You Broke,” sounds like their sitting at the controls on a Saturday afternoon, the adults are gone, and they’ve got the house to themselves.

Tally All the Things That You Broke

As proven from their 2012 full-length “Light Up Gold,” the indie-guitarpunk band has a clever knack for addictive guitar and  bass hooks that dig into your brain and settle down for the night.

Their music is sometimes irreverent and always  frantic fun. These guys like to poke fun at themselves and their music, but they still know how to put out precision punk-rock.

Parquet Courts

Vocalist and guitarist Andrew Savage practically spits out the lyrics and serves up a spoken word diatribe in a nagging  monotone. Savage always seems appropriately spazzed out.

The pan flute on “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” lightens up the song. It sounds the closest to their August 2012 full-length release “Light Up Gold.” Listen to “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” here.

The song “The More It Works” is a rambling sweat-fest as it experiments with guitar noise and feedback built around a repeating guitar riff and rapid drumming.

“Fall On Yr Face” (the shortest at 1 min. 26 seconds) employs a Southern-drawl guitar riff — a signature sound for Parquet Courts. Vocals are shifted around and manipulated like it’s an android from the movie “Westworld.”

He’s Seeing Paths” is the goofiest, longest (at 7 mins., 39 seconds) and most enjoyable tune on the EP. It’s offbeat and loaded with Beck flavors. Something that sounds like a cowbell runs rampant as the vocals are manipulated up and down, fast and slow, and some strange Middle-Eastern chirp follows behind. Guitar distortion and hand claps are thrown in– it’s like a giant steaming pot of funk stew.

It’s not THAT experimental when you really think about it. But they are stretching their limits as far as weird sounds go, and that’s never a bad thing.

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