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Real Estate - In Mind Album Review

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.

Real Estate - In Mind Album Review

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.

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First Acts Announced For End Of The Road Festival 2017

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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.

End Of The Road Festival 2017

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.

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CMJ Music Marathon Returns In Its 33rd Year With More Incredible Showcases

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CMJ Music Marathon 2013

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.

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Real Estate, Video Interview

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Real Estate, 19th February, Brudenell Social Club

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Real Estate - Easy

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.

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Real Estate - It's Real

Real Estate's new single, It's Real, is the lead single taken from the band's second album, Days, which were both released in October 2010. The band will be playing the Scala in London on December 6th, 2011, following four UK dates in October 2011 to mark the release of Days.

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Real Estate, Days Album Review

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.

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