It is somewhat inexplicable to me how the song “Instant Disassembly” on Parquet Courts’ album, Sunbathing Animal, manages to be so ear-grabbingly compelling. Maybe it’s the lazy, yet premeditated, vocal delivery. Maybe it’s the song’s audacious/obnoxious six-minute-plus running time. Maybe it’s the quality of the lyrics. Maybe it’s actually compelling in spite of these things, but what then makes it so? It’s a mystery I’m comfortable with. Albums and songs are, after all, for listening more so than for answers, and if something makes you want to listen, that seems to be plenty.
Suggested Use: Wake up call. By the time you struggle out of bed, make coffee, and jump in the shower, the album will most likely have gotten to “Instant Disassembly,” a song that seems to need (and is long enough for) an “assembly” sequence like putting on a matching pair of socks, buckling a belt, and making an informed choice about a cardigan for the day.