As side projects go, Matt Mondanile's Ducktails has proved just as fulfilling to date as his role on guitar with the equally acclaimed Real Estate. While his first half dozen releases amounted to little more than a collection of sparsely produced bedroom experiments, 2011's 'III: Arcade Dynamics' highlighted Mondanile's glowing potential as a prolific songwriter not to mention conscientious arranger-cum-producer.
Here, he's assembled an impressive collection of conspirators; Cults' Madeline Follin, Daniel Lopatin from Oneohtrix Point Never, Sam Mehran of Outer Limitz not to mention Al Carlson - whose most recent work saw him take over the whole production mantle on Peaking Lights' 'Lucifer' - overseeing the mixing process here. Add to that fellow New Jersey ensemble Big Troubles providing much of the musical accompaniment on the record; an underrated combo themselves as 201' 'Romantic Comedy' long player ably demonstrated upon release, if cruelly ignored by the masses.; and you've a concoction of riches good enough to enhance any collection of songs.
With 'The Flower Lane', recorded over the course of last summer in his hometown, Mondanile has managed to channel the ideas bristling from his previous records with a psychedelic pop sheen that recalls The Byrds, 'Sonic Flower Groove' era Primal Scream, and even Talking Heads in places. While opener 'Ivy Coloured House' announces itself via its creator's "Well hello it's me again." and Rickenbacker melody chiming succulently alongside, the melodramatic title track shows a more intrinsic side to Mondanile's nature ("Now she's gone and I feel a mess").
Continue reading: Ducktails - The Flower Lane Album Review
As one-day music festivals go, London's Field Day stands out from the crowd as being the most ambitious and forward-thinking certainly in terms of its booking policy. Concentrating on the more hip end of the spectrum along with legendary artists of yore, the Eat Your Own Ears curated event has hosted the likes of Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Foals, The Horrors and Bat For Lashes at very early stages in their artistic development since its inaugural bash in 2007. Situated in Victoria Park just a stones throw away from Mile End tube station in the capital's east side, this year has seen Field Day expand its number of stages to seven, with the Do You Come Here Often? and joint venture between the Lock Tavern and Shacklewell Arms each hosting line-ups for the first time.
Continue reading: Field Day, Victoria Park, London. 6th August 2011 Live Review
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