Album cover artwork for parquet Courts with black vinyl record popping outParquet Courts return with a newfound acid house influence and an arsenal of pandemic-fuelled introspection on A Sympathy for Life, the New York band’s seventh record.

Opening track Walking at a Downtown Pace captures a generation’s existentialism as singer Andrew Savage questions “How many ways of feeling lousy will I find?” before dryly quipping, “Lately uncounted.” Marathon of Anger announces a complete shift in gear as the band pair Kraftwerk-esque beeps with a commentary on capitalism and community, surprising though by no means jarring.

The rest of the album sees them alternating between supercharged anthems and spacious electronic detours, shirking any pigeonholing to achieve their most fully realised and varied sound to date.

A Sympathy for Life by Parquet Courts is out Oct 22 via Rough Trade/Remote Control.

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