Parquet Courts announce new album ‘Sympathy For Life’

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Today, Parquet Courts announce their new album, Sympathy For Lifeout October 22nd on Rough Trade Records, and share the first single “Walking at a Downtown Pace.” Pre-order here. The new single also comes alongside an accompanying music video directed by acclaimed New York City street photographer Daniel Arnold.

Speaking about the album co-frontman Austin Brown said:

Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party. Sympathy For Life is influenced by the party itself.” Historically, some amazing rock records have been made from mingling in dance music culture – from Talking Heads to Screamadelica. Our goal was to bring that into our own music. Each of us, in our personal lives, has been going to more dance parties. Or rather, we were pre-pandemic, which is when this record was made.” 

“Most of the songs were created by taking long improvisations and moulding them through our own editing. The biggest asset we have as artists is the band. After 10 years together, our greatest instrument is each other. The purest expression of Parquet Courts is when we are improvising.”

The band has also announced Feel Free – Sympathy For Life, Visualisedwhich will be a livestream of 11 videos, encompassing the entire record, which will air two days before the album’s release on October 20th. The band enlisted the effort of 11 amazing visual artists from around the world to create a completely unique experience for fans who buy tickets to Feel Free – Sympathy For Life, Visualised. Purchase tickets here

Listen to the new single below!

Sympathy For Life Tracklisting

  1. Walking At A Downtown Pace
  2. Black Widow Spider
  3. Marathon of Anger
  4. Just Shadows
  5. Plant Life
  6. Application Apparatus
  7. Homo Sapien
  8. Sympathy For Life
  9. Zoom Out
  10. Trullo
  11. Pulcinella

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