Sunbathing Animal - WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?/MOM+POP
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Nevin Martell on June 18, 2014
Thank the heavens Parquet Courts aren’t another ’80s-aping band recycling shitty synth melodies that weren’t even good the first time around (Neon Trees, we’re looking at you). Instead, this Brooklyn four-piece turns out charmingly chipper lo-fi tunes that make you feel like it’s the ’90s all over again. The ghosts of Pavement and Sebadoh flit through these pithy songs with free-range abandon. The sauntering “Dear Ramona” wouldn’t have been out of place on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, while “Always Back in Town” rumbles along like a Bakesale cut. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the quartet knows how to craft memorable moments—look no further than the punchy pop punk of “Duckin’ and Dodgin’.” However, sometimes you wish Parquet Courts would climb down off the shoulders of the two giants they’re standing on—Stephen Malkmus and Lou Barlow—and find a sound that stands on its own.