Welcome to Basement Dwelling, where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a physical copy of an album was purchased before I listened to it. Don’t think of me as a critic, but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialogue about some of the best tunes that are currently being released.
Let’s head down to the basement and listen to Human Performance by Parquet Courts…
It’s the summer of 2013, and I decide to order a copy of an album I have heard a lot of buzz about, Parquet Courts’ Light Up Gold.
Completely excited by the singles that I had listened to prior to buying the album — “Borrowed Time” and “Stoned and Starving” — I was pretty certain I’d love what I heard once I got to listen to the final product.
Not only did I love it, but it became what I could easily deem one of my favorite albums of all time. Light Up Gold is a half-hour long adrenaline rush of a record that marries all the best elements of what has come before in the last 20+ years of indie rock and garage punk and firmly places its own stamp on the styles.