Given the vitality, the sheer now-ness of their self-titled breakthrough LP, Parquet Courts faced a struggle to overcome its legacy.
Matching snotty to artful, bracing to beautiful, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ may well have achieved this. Borrowing liberally from New York’s impeccable art-punk tradition, Parquet Courts are smart enough to play dumb.
Repetition is the name of the game, with ‘She’s Rollin’ or ‘Dear Ramona’ rampaging through your brain. Yet when it seeps in, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ has moments of reflection, of introversion.
Between the caustic riffs and searing lyrics there’s some damned beauty in Parquet Courts.
Words: Robin Murray
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Listen to ‘Sunbathing Animal’ in full via Deezer, below…