November 2013 National Music Reviews

Review: Parquet Courts – Tally All The Things That You Broke

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Parquet Courts
Tally All The Things That You Broke
What’s Your Rapture
Street: 10.07
Parquet Courts = The Yolks + Tyvek + Home Blitz
When talking about quantity, Tally All The Things That You Broke offers a third of the last Parquet Courts’ release (Light Up Gold)—possibly the result of a finer selection process. Tally All The Things That You Broke takes Parquet Courts’ strengths from the last album and drops everything else. The first three of the EP’s five songs ride on nonstop sixteenth note bass lines and almost screamed vocals that lack any audible electronic effects. The guitars’ matching fuzz and scattered feedback come in and out, favoring simple, quick-picked riffs over sustained chord strummings. “Fall On Yr Face,” fourth in line, slows the pace and introduces occasional post-production vocal tampering and delay. The EP ends with “He’s Seeing Paths,” a half-rapped experiment backed with a electronic drum beat that could have come from a cheap DigiTech multi-purpose guitar pedal and an unchanging bass line that somehow all works. –Steve Richardson
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