Parquet Courts is one of those bands that instantly demands attention, with an experimental punk sound that’s aggressive but rich. Following up their 2012 LP, Light Up Gold, this five-song offering includes instant hit “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” which is as welcome an earworm as I’ve ever heard, but it’s “The More It Works” that best exemplifies how this Brooklyn band defiantly rules at dragging out a punk song (which, c’mon, should rarely ever extend beyond the two-and-a-half-minute mark). It’s heartening to watch this band wriggle through different rock sensibilities, mostly because they do it so oddly and gracefully. So when you get to the short-but-sweet “Fall on Yr Face,” you’re modestly prepared for the jangly intro to the rap of the sprawling last track, “He’s Seeing Paths,” and what’s more, after only a five-song taste, you’re kind of left wonderin’ now what’s next.
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