Parquet Courts follow up their 2013 debut LP ‘Light up Gold’ with an EP ‘Tally All the Things That You Broke’ just under 8 months later. The sound of the EP is very similar to their debut; fast, tight, aggressive guitar riffs with faster, but loose, vocals on top. However, while keeping with the now familiar style, there is a lot of variation on this release.
Opener ‘You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now’ has jangly guitars, and believe it or not, a recorder, over lead singer Andrew Savage’s spat out vocals, which gives the song the most dance-y feel of all the songs whole EP. The second track ‘Descends (The Way)’, lacks the impact of the first, and the lyrics sound lazier and sloppier compared to other offerings. ‘The More It Works’ makes up for this, with sharp, witty vocals that we’ve come to expect from this band, but ultimately feels like it carries on slightly too long. ‘Fall on Yr Face’ is the shortest song and has a new, swinging sound to it, but this pales in comparison to the EP’s last song: ‘He’s Seeing Paths’, which surprisingly enough, sounds like Parquet Courts have attempted hip hop. And guess what? It works. The song sounds fresh and oozes swagger, but retains that ‘slacker’ feel, that makes them so shamelessly stick-it-to-the-man. Even stranger it goes on for 8 minutes, when most songs on the first album lasted just over two.
Parquet Courts have done well in creating this second output, retaining their sound which brought them their SXSW fame and bred such a wild summer of live performances. Making them one of the most exciting and thrilling new bands of 2013. Whilst they have stretched their sound, ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’ can only heighten anticipation for album 2.
Words: Matthew Staite