Real Estate have gone through a significant period of change since they released their last record, Atlas, in 2014. Guitarist and founding member Matt Mondanile left the band to pursue his Ducktails project; songwriter Martin Courtney embraced family life, becoming a father of two and moving to upstate New York; bassist Alex Bleeker relocated to California, forming a considerable geographic gulf between band members; while guitarist Julian Lynch and keyboardist Matt Kallman, who'd previously toured with the group, joined the band in a more official capacity. With all this in mind, the release of their fourth album proved quite an interesting prospect.
Indeed, across the eleven tracks, Courtney's lyrics allude to that moment of change, although for him it doesn't so much concern the personnel changes within the band as much as his own transition between adolescence and adulthood. On "Same Sun" he asks 'where does one thing ever end and the next begin?' as guitars curl around the lazy backing vocals. The lyrical tone falls somewhere between a wistful nostalgia and a tentative anticipation of the future. But Courtney seems content, singing 'There's no place I would rather be right now, I'd love to never leave but I just don't know how' on "Stained Glass".
While the lyrics ponder a point of change, the musical leanings pick up where the band left off three years ago, with descending guitar lines, wallowing keyboards and shimmering percussion. Opening track and lead single "Darling" could have been taken straight from the Atlas sessions: an intricately picked guitar spirals above bright synth chords and a meandering bass line, before the vocals join the mix a minute and half in. But the similarity to Atlas - in terms of instrumentation and production - seems well thought out. It reflects a conscious decision on the part of the band not to reinvent themselves: to retain their musical identity amid all the changes going on around them.
Continue reading: Real Estate - In Mind Album Review
The Dorset festival returns with a varied mix of americana, folk, indie and psychedelia.
The first acts have been announced for this year's End Of The Road Festival in Dorset. The end of summer bash will host headliners Father John Misty and Mac De Marco, who top an eclectic bill which includes the multi-Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, indie troupers Real Estate, Scottish rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain, Malian husband and wife duo Amadou & Mariam, glam rock protégés The Lemon Twigs, and much more.
Mac De Marco's slot will be his only UK festival appearance this year, while Father John Misty is set to make his UK festival headline debut at the event. Both acts are set to release new material this year, with Father John Misty's Pure Comedy set for release in April, and De Marco's This Old Dog due to come out in May. The final headliner is yet to be announced. Last year saw Joanna Newsom, Cat Power and Animal Collective head the event.
Continue reading: First Acts Announced For End Of The Road Festival 2017
Expect an amazing New York takeover with CMJ Music Marathon's awesome 2013 line-up.
The CMJ Music Marathon comes to New York City for its 33rd year bringing with it hundreds of seminal artists from the newly emerging to the well-established.
CMJ has been holding electrifying music events over the course of its existence as well as publishing a weekly music magazine for music and college radio stations. This year will be no different in excellence on its journey through New York from October 15th-19th as it fills over 80 venues across the city with more than 1,000 incredible musical showcases. There will also be a range of other musical events including seminars Q&A sessions, amazing parties, workshops and other special activities.
March 5th sees the release of the second single from Real Estate's 2011 album, Days. The video for 'Easy' sees the band represented by a street team with questionable promotional methods; forcing passers-by to listen to the band and trying to force radio DJs to play their record. The humorous video culminates in the street team kidnapping the DJ in their Real Estate-branded van.
Continue: Real Estate - Easy
Outside it may be a bleak November day, probably raining too, but inside New Jersey natives Real Estate's sophomore album Days, it is summer all the time. After the success of their acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut the band have had a lot to compete with, and with an album stifled with soft melodies, expansive arrangements and a sense of mundanity and melancholy in the music and lyrics, the trio have done very well to compete with Real Estate.
Continue reading: Real Estate, Days Album Review
Having fun in the UK! Check out our @BBC6Music session below and catch us on tour: https://t.co/Vw09HpXUoy https://t.co/MLuiH33css
Hey we're live on BBC 6 music with @laurenlaverne today at noon BST https://t.co/CKnnVSu6Vr
@EricSWalz Is that Gerald ford?
Dang ❤️ https://t.co/L10vFRgDzQ
.@kaceyjohansing's "the hiding" is out today on Night Bloom! (Label by @AlexFreaker and co) https://t.co/l4fd9ogTto… https://t.co/gAxDzpnx4a
Don't forget to send in your questions! Our @reddit AMA begins in one hour: https://t.co/VK2sj9SSVY
Bleeker and I are doing a @reddit AMA tomorrow (6/1) at 4pm ET! Tune in and ask us some questions:… https://t.co/EEfWdcMLBy
Glastonbury! See you June 25th. https://t.co/UaVnpY7Faa https://t.co/WQoEfTiQ7S
Announcing our new shoe collab with @keepcompany ! Proceeds to the @ACLU and shoes come with a new tape! Pre-order:… https://t.co/GOQsE13SfG
Memorial day sale! Some old merch items are almost gone! Grab 'em while you can: https://t.co/BDBxu2IA6V https://t.co/o9n3wUuvpw
Tickets for our fall tour are on sale now! Hope to see you out there - dates and links: https://t.co/Vw09HpXUoy https://t.co/lmJHAXXchw
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So colorful! 😍 Check out "Stained Glass" on beautiful 7" vinyl. Each order is a surprise color:… https://t.co/wdBano0sKj
@keithwhipp Glad to hear he was ok!
We're equally as excited to announce our FALL TOUR DATES! Fan pre-sale starts now with the code STAINEDGLASS:… https://t.co/7jJorMpAqk
BIG DAY! Excited to release the official "Stained Glass" music video. Try the super cool interactive experience:… https://t.co/Wc2g9DW6uT
RT @DomMart: Super limited @realestateband 7" available now - go go go! https://t.co/q8lxCZiFwN https://t.co/XJDg5UtzMu
@SimpsonBen1998 4/4! 🙃
Brooklyn Steel tonight early one: Doors 7 Frankie Cosmos 8 Real Estate 9