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Album Review
Tally All The Things That You Broke EP

Tally All The Things That You Broke EP
by Parquet Courts


Review Date
25th October 2013
Reviewed by
James Manning

Parquet Courts return with Tally All The Things That You Broke, an E.P. that further explores themes of apathy under the DIY garage-punk which made their debut album - Light Up Gold - an acclaimed pastiche of lo-fi and art school hooliganism.

This outing finds the New Yorkers extending themselves by toying with new instruments, from the recorder on blistering opener 'You've Got Me Wondering Now' to the clutter of percussion on seven minute album closer 'He's Seeing Paths'. This lends a playfulness to the collection and displays their knack for staying grounded, even when the lyrical themes boast an observational humour of satirical proportions.

You see, Parquet Courts are fully aware of their 'slacker-rock' stereotype, using it to their advantage as vocalist Andrew Savage's wry commentary see-saws from tales of city-slickin' drug delivering, to heartache and more profound DIY punk-ethos. On highlight 'The More It Works', Savage hurls advice bluntly over a shuffling groove; "say something without the words that they fed ya/you have to find yourself, not a title". Therein lies a double meaning; it's the declaration of a band evolving on their own terms and at their own pace.


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