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PARQUET COURTS Share Video for ‘Mardi Gras Beads’

Ahead of the release of their new studio album, Wide Awake, Parquet Courts treat us to another new single Mardi Gras Beads.

If you have been following the previous releases you may notice that the video follows on from where previous single Wide Awake left of, with the boys walking the street of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Beads though is a bit different to the band’s previous releases. Written and performed by guitarist and co-frontman Austin Brown, the song has a playful guitar intro before Brown’s distinctive vocals grace us and the track becomes a lot more contemplative and subdued. The visuals reflect this by going from colour into black and white as we follow Brown wandering the streets away from the rest of the band members who are in turn placing up missing person posters looking for their wayward friend.

The underlying message I get from this song is that while life can appear to be all fun and games, every once in a while it needs that balance of reflectiveness and spending some quality “me” time.

Brown says:

It’s a song about commitment to yourself for better or worse.

If you were looking forward to seeing Parquet Courts live then you will need to head to Latitude Festival on Saturday, July 14th. So far this appears to be their only UK appearance this year as they are heavily touring the US in 2018.