naomi punk Yellow (CD, £6.50)label: Captured Tracks
"Parquet Courts has toured several times with Naomi Punk, and weíve all become close friends. Iíve seen them more times than I have most any band. In a record store in Austin, in a vintage clothing store in Seattle, a dive bar in Portland and a hotel bar on Victoria Island. Iíve played the hottest and most uncomfortable show with them and PC Worship in Brooklyn. I donít remember when I first heard of this mysterious album Yellow, but it must have been some time ago, because for the last few years, whenever I would meet Travis, Neil and Nick, the first words from my lips would be ďwhenís Yellow drop? It was at the Showbox in Seattle were I first heard songs that were going to be on Yellow. My knowledge of Naomiís live repertoire was that of a dedicated fan, so when I heard something unfamiliar from them, I knew I was witnessing a special moment. I was watching their set with my brother, and after a few songs we glance at each other knowing that we were finally passing into the Yellow era. Wherever Naomi Punk had been going this whole time, they had just arrived. So now I listen to this masterpiece in the comfort of my home, and still Iím standing there at the Showbox, watching one of my favourite bands in awe and joy. Iím listening to the sounds of three hearts that have synchronised into rhythm the speed theyíve been accelerating to since they met. Iím listening to the sound of Olympia and America and planet Earth and 2017 and suddenly it doesnít feel so gloomy, and I feel so lucky to have met these boys and to have been touched by their music and to call them friends. And I just hope the world realises how lucky it is to have them.Ē - Andrew Savage (Parquet Courts).
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