Real Estate band members Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have had their side projects (Ducktails and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, respectively) for years, but until recently, frontman Martin Courtney has been content to remain within the confines of the band. As the band’s principle songwriter, it’s perhaps no surprise that his efforts were focused primarily in that direction. He finally stepped out on his own this year, though, with the release of his first solo album Many Moons, which he and producer Jarvis Taveniere (of Woods) have been slowly working on since before Real Estate started the recording of their most recent album, Atlas. Last Wednesday, Courtney came to perform songs from that album in the intimate setting of DC9, a much smaller space than the larger venues and festivals where Real Estate has graduated into performing.
On this episode of the podcast, Andre and Suzie sat down with Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile before their sold out show at the 9:30 Club to talk about that band’s latest album, Atlas, his side project Ducktails and much, much more.
Sounds Like: DIIV, Beach Fossils, Yuck, Surfer Blood, Smith Westerns
Why You Should Care: Simple, pretty, evocative and reflective songs
SOUNDS LIKE: A dreamy, nostalgic tribute to 70s roller rinks, disco ball and all.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Uhhh...SAX SOLOS.
When not recording or touring with New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate, guitarist Matt Mondanile takes on his Ducktails monkier. Mondanile has been quite prolific under his solo side project, releasing numerous EPs and full-length albums, the most recent being this year's The Flower Lane.
On the third track of Flower Lane, "Under Cover," Mondanile wastes no time making his intention known. "Under, do you want to go under the covers?" he suavely asks with a delicate layer of synth, guitar, drum, and saxophone in the background to help woo the addressee into his bed. Mondanile flirtatiously repeats the question multiple times, abstractly adding "When you're alone in the middle of the night, what do the streetlights say to your eyes?" for good measure. A little more than halfway through the six-minute song, the underlying instrumentals crescendo, announcing the forthcoming groovy, powerful sax solo that sends the song off into its finishing seconds. Undoubtedly, by the track's finish, that special someone has been won over by Mondanile's advances.
SOUNDS LIKE: Real Estate, Prefab Sprout, Beck
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: This Real Estate side project is cleaning up its sound for its 2013 album
Man those Real Estate guys like to stay busy. They've spent the last year touring non-stop, playing all over the world and have been in the DC area almost every other month it seems. On their last run through the states this summer, they debuted a brand new 10 MINUTE JAM. Bassist Alex Bleeker is getting ready to hit the road with his side project Alex & The Freaks, and now comes word of a brand new album from Matt Mondanile's Ducktails project.
The upcoming album, The Flower Lane, finds Mondanile stepping out of the bedroom and into a real studio. And he's no longer alone in his late night dwellings, as his friends from Big Troubles and Cults, even his Real Estate mates pop up on the album. From the sounds of the title track, this album goes logically with his full-time band's jump in a hi-fi direction: silky guitars, keyboards that sounds like Billy Preston's in the room, all setting a mood that isn't far off from Beck's Sea Change. With a sound that yearns for crisp leaves to fall from the trees, this will be a perfect choice for your autumn mix tape.
CLOSED: Congratulations to Nate, the winner of our Real Estate giveaway! Have a great show!!
Hailing from Ridgewood, NJ, the band Real Estate is hitting the stage at The Red Palace on Sunday night and we want YOU to be there!
Having toured extensively over the past year, even playing the Pitchfork festival in 2010, this 4 piece is finally bringing their unique brand of surfed up rock that is racking up acclaim all across the country to DC. But don't take my word for it. Check out the bands press release as well as a video for the song "Careless" below.
Real Estate waft in on vibes of hazy summers past. The New Jersey quartet of Martin Courtney IV, Matthew Mondanile III, Etienne Pierre Duguay and Alex Bleeker cut the sleeves short and the pop smooth to shade you from the midday heat. Every song works its way to that part of your consciousness that reveled in the fleeting waves of freedom that eked in once classes broke and the sun lingered a little longer over suburban roofs. And with three quarters of the band holding down Garden State roots its no surprise that a bit of Jersey indie-pop heritage sneaks its way into their sound, lifting the most sun streaked moments from The Feelies and Yo La Tengo and filtering them through the kaleidoscope of memories aimless drives through parched neighborhood streets.
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