Funny that we recently mentioned “Range Life” after noting that Parquet Courts is the closest thing we’ll get to a new Pavement album. Today, Parquet Courts drops a video for a new song off the forthcoming album, Wide Awake, that at first heavily evokes “Range Life” and ends up being a great little number in its own right.
On the heels of the New Orleans-set video for the band’s uber peppy “Wide Awake” single, the video for “Mardi Gras Beads” presents a much more somber side of the city, in keeping with the song’s loungey vibe. The premise: Guitarist Austin Brown, who wrote this one, peels away from the band during a Mardi Gras parade, going off to brood with some magical beads. The band has to scour the De Chirico-like streets of the Big Easy in order to find him in time for a local show.
And find him they better, because Parquet Courts just added a few West Coast dates to its forthcoming tour. New shows include Seattle (Sept. 23), Vancouver (Sept. 24), Portland (Sept. 25), San Francisco (Sept. 27), and San Jose (Sept. 28). No sign of a hometown NYC show just yet.
The new album, produced by Danger Mouse, is currently available for pre-order ahead of its May 18 release.