Album Review: Parquet Courts – Tally All the Things You Broke EP

By on Thursday, 17th October 2013 at 12:00 pm

Parquet Courts Tally All the Things You Broke coverAre you going to say it, or am I? It won’t be awkward, will it? The Vaccines are great and everyone loves them. They’ve released two albums and are already being touted as headline act material. I mean, what’s wrong with sounding like The Vaccines?

Oops, dropped the ball there and said it. Sorry!

Parquet Courts’ frontman Andrew Savage’s opening aural assault on the ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’ EP’s opener ‘You’ve Got Me Wondering Now’ (video below) is dopplegangerous with Justin Hayward-Young’s vocals from their first EP. Hardly a bad thing, I must insist as The Vaccines are fucking ace.

But when I hear people screaming from the hilltops that this band are so innovative, ground-breaking, throwing curve balls at us left right and centre, I can only assume they mean one of these curve balls being the apparent use of what I can only assume was a child’s farmyard animal sound generator toy during the closing 3 minutes of ‘He’s Seeing Paths’. I was half expecting a “the cow goes moo” sound bite. Hell, they’ve even flung a recorder in the first song. Innovative? Sure. Good? No. On ‘Fall On Yr Face’, we are treated to some Beastie Boys-esque sampling, which serves to move this record away from the textbook guitar record it was in danger of becoming; it also lifts the pace considerably midway through the five-song EP.


And there’s a definite progression from the post-punk stylings of their debut album ‘Light Up Gold’. Savage’s songwriting has obviously progressed in swathes in the brief interlude between ‘Light Up Gold’ and EP title track ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’. ‘He’s Seeing Paths’ may be draped in the bizarre, but the story of Savages’ cross-eyed journey through the streets of New York featured some captivating storytelling. The Brooklyn via Texas boys draw on their personal experiences, much in the way that they did on their previous release; however I get the feeling that this was a far more delicate record for the brothers Savage.

Parquet Courts have also stamped down their credentials as an incredibly hard-working band, simply with the improbable speed with which they have managed to cobble together this record. With the EP’s slowly maturing sound as it moves on though, perhaps the speed could have been done away with in favour of added quantity: while the songs are most certainly not lacking in length and substance, with only five to peruse, it seems a little short.


The ‘Tally All the Things You Broke’ EP from Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts is available now on Mom and Pop/What’s your Rupture?

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