Depending on how you tally all the things that they wrote—if you include, for example, the unofficial first album, American Specialties , released 10 years ago, or Milano , their 2017 collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O—you might consider their latest, Sympathy For Life , to be the eighth LP from punk-rock quartet Parquet Courts. But no matter the total output, they are, at this point, fairly well into a career— a designation they would almost certainly be uncomfortable with — and after a decade of making music, patterns have emerged. Advertisement Each of Parquet Courts' albums has had a way of carrying something over from the one before it, and Sympathy For Life functions as a kind of composite of the band's most recent moves. As on 2018's Wide Awake! , there's a sense of exuberant collectivity. But there are also dark, moody synths; flat talk-singing; and a healthy bit of noise. Andrew Savage and Austin Brown's lyrics, so often about the alienation that stems from modern life, once again tumble forth as a catalog of bombardments born from capitalism and a general apathy on the part of the masses. The question, as… Read full this story
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