Parquet Courts will host an early celebration of the band’s new album, Sympathy For Life, with the premiere of the Feel Free visualizer on Wednesday. The project will feature special guest and NBA legend Bill Walton ahead of the album’s release on Friday via Rough Trade Records.
In a teaser for the Feel Free – Sympathy For Life, Visualized project shared on Monday, the band leans hard on the improvisational approach that birthed its seventh studio album. The opening shot of the clip prominently displays a photo of Jerry Garcia. Beyond that, fans are dropped straight into the lengthy studio jams that co-frontman Austin Brown said Parquet Courts chopped up, sampled, and spliced together to create the cohesive songs found on Sympathy For Life.
“Most of the songs were created by taking long improvisations and molding them through our own editing,” Brown said in the initial album announcement. “The biggest asset we have as artists is the band. After ten years together, our greatest instrument is each other. The purest expression of Parquet Courts is when we are improvising.”
Who better to help further bolster that jam-friendly approach than Bill Walton, a man whose name carries just as much weight in the world of basketball as it does in that of the Grateful Dead. Also on hand for the premiere is comedian Joe Pera, host of Adult Swim‘s Joe Pera Talks To You.
Check out the teaser for Parquet Courts’ Feel Free – Sympathy For Life, Visualized below, and tune in on Wednesday for the premiere at 10 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale here. Sympathy For Life is out across streaming platforms on Friday. Click here to pre-order.
Parquet Courts — Feel Free – Sympathy For Life, Visualized (Teaser)
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