Parquet Courts

Human Performance (Rough Trade)

Levitating Platters

This consistently superlative NYC post-punk quartet turns a new corner with its fifth outing. Moderating the spellbinding verbosity that saturated previous high-water marks like "Ducking & Dodging" from 2014's Sunbathing Animal gives this latest batch more space to develop and marinate. Droll opener "Dust" cops a minimalist German prog groove that worms into the subconscious, and the title track's meditation on relational breakdown crushes a trad-pop tear jerk in on itself. "One Man, No City" steers a breezy bongo jam into a fusillade of fuzz. (Sat., 4:35pm, Reverberation stage)

***.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Parquet Courts
Chaotic Platters
Parquet Courts

Greg Beets, May 23, 2014

Chaotic Platters
Parquet Courts
Light Up Gold (Record Review)

Luke Winkie, May 31, 2013

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Ghostland Observatory
See You Later, Simulator (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Sept. 7, 2018

Texas Platters
The Belle Sounds
The Sea Within (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, Sept. 7, 2018

More by Greg Beets
Will Courtney Summons Seventies L.A.
Will Courtney Summons Seventies L.A.
The rootsy popsmith takes the production reins in a West Austin duplex

Sept. 21, 2018

Texas Platters
Freedonia
Freedonia (Record Review)

Aug. 24, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Parquet Courts, Levitation 2016

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle