When I listened to Light Up Gold, my first introduction to the Brooklyn-based indie/garage rock band Parquet Courts, I can remember exactly where I was.
It was 2012, and I was still holding down a residence in my college town in mid-Missouri. At the time, I was a music editor for a local magazine, and I was actively trying to find something, anything that I could write about. I stumbled upon Parquet Courts' new album through some glowing review on some music blog, and I clicked play. I almost immediately knew that this was a band I was going to love.
Because I love bands who don't give a shit. Well, let me rephrase. I love bands who seem like they don't give a shit. They just want to play music and could really care less what you think. It's the same energy that pulled me toward bands like Pavement and Modest Mouse in my formative music years, and Parquet Courts harnesses a similar style.
This week the band released their fourth album under then name Parkay Quarts called Content Nausea and it reminded me why I love lo-fi so much. It took the band only two weeks to record, mix, and master the whole album all through a four-track tape machine, and the grittiness bleeds through, only making the experience better.
The title track, "Content Nausea," is little more than a driving anthem powered by a poetic monologue provided by Courts' frontman Andrew Savage—and it's awesome. There's also fun tracks, like the cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walkin," and the album closes out with "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth," the most direct hat tip to other indie rock kings like Stephen Malkmus (especially those last couple seconds).
Parquet Courts' is a band whose work preaches that music isn't about perfection but emotion, and Content Nausea is full of it. [Spotify]
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