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Parquet Courts - Content Nausea ep

by Jim Harris Rating:10 Release Date:2014-11-10

Hard to believe that a band could pull off two top 10 albums in one year but the Parkay Quarts or Parquet Courts have clearly done it. (I would go with Parkay Quarts, as well, moving forward.  Irony is a big part of great songwriting and this band is the best there is at the moment.)

Content Nausea is a logical progression for a band like PQ who are at the top of their game, both musically and lyrically. Yes, the heavy-handed attacks on current media and the anxiety and paranoia of it all comes through loud and clear, and frankly, I, for one, identify with it. The first song, ‘Everyday It Starts’, evokes, lyrically and musically, the right turgid, repetitive tone that is similar to how another great new band, Ought, started off their new album. 

I’m a sucker for deadpan, ironic vocalists and Andrew Savage is as good as they get. This is especially evident on the two covers, ‘Slide Machines’ and ‘These Boots’. On the latter in particular, a song Nancy Sinatra made famous, sounds like an encore at a Violent Femmes concert or what a drunk Johnny Cash might have sung at one of his prison concerts.

The musical landscapes range from the brilliant lo-fi strumming found on a potential classic such as ‘Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth’ to noisy electronica like ‘The Map’ and many musical flights in between, and it all works. The spoken approach found in several of the songs such as the title track and ‘The Map’ works brilliantly in the overall structure of the album.

PQ is without question one of the finest and most important bands out there today, and they are etching their musical tattoos as deep and lasting as the greats their sound evokes, such as Lou Reed. With their musical diversity and biting lyrics, they are a truly relevant band and the alternative world should be thankful.

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