No one creates such a peerless soundtrack evoking a lazy, Endless Summer like Real Estate. The eponymous debut LP was a fantastic, fuzzy beach bum's daydream that quickly became a favourite of mine to banish the blues and accompany the sunshine. The follow up is more of the same blissful 80s inspired jangle but boasting its tunes this time round with a clear, crisp production reminiscent of Stephen Street's work with The Smiths. Calling it stoner music does it a great disservice - the mood is more of an innocent breeziness and the musicianship is so tight and entrancing it's hardly the aimless jamming the phrase conjures.
As before I imagine for the first-time listener it will take a few listens for the distinct mood to wash over and take a hold. A criticism often levelled at Real Estate is that the songs can seem repetitive but this misses the point - it is meant to be a trance-like flow, creating a locked groove from a perfectly formed riff and running with it. This is how a cohesive album with a statement of intent should be. Closer repeat listens reveal beautiful, subtle little details in percussion, phazing guitars and vocal harmonizing which dip in and out of the mix. I wonder whether closing track 'All The Same's title is accompanied by a wry smile from the band...
It's kind of pointless to separate out tracks but the singalong joy of 'It's Real' is an irresistible woozy pop rush that stands out.
This is getting heavy rotation in my car and is destined to be the soundtrack of this summer for me - if you have room in your heart for this kind of chiming guitar pop, you'll rarely find better.