Human Performance (LP)


Parquet Courts

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 “Dust is everywhere — SWEEP!” So goes the refrain of the first single off N.Y. indie-rock heroes Parquet Courts’ new album. Human Performance seems less concerned with proving anything to anyone than ever, yet finds the band settling into itself nicely and coming up with some of its most weirdly catchy songs. Since releasing the excellent Light up Gold in 2013, the band has drawn from a certain brand of brainy New York indie rock of yore, from Talking Heads and Television through Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys. Then came Sunbathing Animal, the thorny but ultimately winning follow-up, along with assorted albums and EPs that saw them trying on various guises, with the results hit-or-miss. Now, on songs like the Velvet Underground-ish title track; short, rhythmically clever tunes like “Outside” and “I Was Just Here”; and shoutalong slacker anthems like “Paraprhased,” Parquet Courts sound comfortable yet energized, mature but real in their embrace of the surreal and off-kilter. As it’s been somewhat both exhilarating and maddening to watch them over the past couple of years, Human Performance is that redemptive album that shows keeping an eye on Parquet Courts is well worth your time. Their best yet.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dust
Parquet Courts 03:57
2.
Human Performance
Parquet Courts 04:15
3.
Outside
Parquet Courts 01:45
4.
I Was Just Here
Parquet Courts 01:48
5.
Paraphrased
Parquet Courts 03:01
6.
Captive Of The Sun
Parquet Courts 02:03
7.
Steady On My Mind
Parquet Courts 03:38


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
One Man No City
Parquet Courts 06:24
2.
Berlin Got Blurry
Parquet Courts 03:26
3.
Keep It Even
Parquet Courts 02:47
4.
Two Dead Cops
Parquet Courts 03:05
5.
Pathos Prairie
Parquet Courts 02:51
6.
It's Gonna Happen
Parquet Courts 03:20

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