Parkay Quarts

Content Nausea

What's Your Rupture?

Dec 01, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


Parkay Quarts is not a typo. It is, in fact, the alter-ego of the increasingly prolific New York punks Parquet Courtsalbeit this time without the full compliment of band mates, retaining only chief songwriters/vocalists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown.

The last time they released a record under this moniker2013's Tally All The Things That You Brokethey tweaked the sound established on debut Light Up Gold, walking sonic paths that showed there was more to them than breakneck explosions of punk. And, in turn, these experiments led to the thrilling refinement of Sunbathing Animalwhich has proven itself to be one of 2014's finest LPs.

Recorded on four-track, then mixed and mastered in a breathtaking two weeks, Content Nausea isn't a huge change of pace for the band. Tracks such as "Everyday It Starts," the titular "Content Nausea," and the spoken word "The Map" rattle with the same angular guitars and sharp, metronomic drumming you'll be familiar with if you've been paying attention. Savage and Brown are continuing their exploration of modern dread; anxiety as fuel for life's inherent mundanity.

But there are also new fascinations. There are covers, such as The 13th Elevator's "Slide Machine" and a particularly riotous version of "These Boots Were Made for Walking," replete with horn section and shuddering feedback. And there are also instrumentals that add to the dense atmospherefuzzed-up bass and flickers of droning synth, suggesting experimentation is never far from their minds. The final track, "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth"a song written by Savage but which predates Parquet Courtsis an impressive sprawl that conjures up dusty, barren landscapes and is worth the entry price alone. It's a track which highlights Content Nausea's curious dichotomywhile it is not necessarily for the newcomer, it also includes some of their most approachable work to date, finding a little contentment without losing their restlessness talent. (www.parquetcourts.wordpress.com)

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