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Real Estate [Import]

Real Estate Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 30
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Woodsist
  • ASIN: B002U4UZ04
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

2009, a prominent US tastemaker was recently moved to observe, is officially the year that scuzz broke. Disregarding the silliness inherent in such a statement – 2009 was also the year my mum’s favourite teacup broke; weirdly the internet didn’t grind to a halt in light of subsequent teary-eyed Tweets – this is a tricky notion to qualify. Was it Colin Greenwood’s sporting of a No Age T-shirt wot dun it for the genre? Or perceived sophomore slump in new LPs from hyped practitioners Times New Viking and Vivian Girls?

Scuzz, we’d do well to note, refers to the kind of tape-hissy, petulant recording techniques which have been fashionable among hipsters of every musical shade for the past 18 months or so now. By definition, it’s a sound unlikely to conquer the airwaves. Au contraire: lo-fi for lo-fi’s sake can be an off-putting pose, and the DIYer-than-thou approach often finds its conclusion in merited obscurity. But Real Estate’s whip-smart New Jersey quartet offers a few pointers out of this dilliest of pickles.

On first-name terms with Titus Andronicus as well as the aforementioned Vivian Girls (singer/guitarist Martin Courtney is an alumnus of the former group), the combo pairs its lo-fi aesthetic with bracing pop immediacy to create a sound as vivid as it is chimerically vague. No sonic hip games being played out here – just terrific music, sensitively arranged. It’s the good kind of nostalgic, if you will; a sound instinctively reached for but consciously rendered in refracted sunset oranges and yellows.

The band’s West Coast-ish surf allusions put them a long way from their native Garden State, but their psychedelic chimes also sound like the Brit school of 1980s nouveau-jangle as embodied by the likes of The Smiths, Durutti Column and Felt. Pool Swimmers’ ebbing guitars are the spit of Johnny Marr at his most serene. And Suburban Dogs has the dreamy, coins-in-a-wishing-well reverb of Vini Reilly transposed to sunnier climes. It’s a great lyric too: “Suburban dogs bark at slow-moving trains / they run from your house and come back the same day / Suburban dogs are in love with their chains”.

Even at their most direct (Fake Blues) Real Estate sound poignant as sandcastles on the spring tide, with an unassuming depth not readily found in beach-bum contemporaries like Wavves and Girls. They've conjured a debut well worth getting your towel down early for. --Alex Denney

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia in a box... 18 April 2011
By Andrew
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Lo-fi was something I didn't remotely understand for a long time, it felt as if there was nothing to expose upon further listens, it was all just bare-bones, a standard band setup playing standard songs with standard structure and melody. But I find myself hopelessly in love with a number of the songs on this album.
Maybe it's because summer's rolling in, and Real Estate compliment the bright weather so wonderfully, but then this isn't surprising coming for a band who so clearly take influence from the Beach Boys. At the same time, this is not a record restricted to season. The watery reverb on the guitars, and the mellow atmosphere of the songs makes it perfect for relaxing on a sunny day, yet the twinkly riffs and delicate drifting of structure mean it could equally be an album for a day inside, looking out at the snow.
Overall the songs never come to any climax, but they're never meant to. Real Estate isn't perfect, but it's certainly lovable and charming in a very nostalgic way. Which I'm a damn sucker for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a good, understated melodic, lo-fi-ish indie rock album.

I'm not much of a fan of "indie" rock these days - too much of it is horrible blokey-production-line landfill nonsense (like The Automatic - not to pick on them in particular, they're just an example of it).

This album, however, has swayed me back that way (just a little).

It's music viewed through a shimmery, summery haze. It has a slightly stoner-ish quality (though not in the sense of the equally excellent Holy Mountain - it's a far lighter record than that). This is carried through on the (admittedly daft) song titles (Beach Comber, Let's Rock the Beach etc).

The vocals are understated, the guitar lines spiky on a background of dreamy and all enveloping ambiance with understated (read: indecipherable - haha, not quite, but certainly low in the mix) vocals.

It's not particularly ambitious music (haha...I've seen reviews that are particularly scathing on this point) both in sound and its themes.

It was released in November 2009, but I think some of the songs, Beachcomber, especially, are good lazy summer evening songs.

Reasonable comparisons would probably be Galaxie 500 or Yo La Tengo amongst others (though both of these are far better). It's a sort of psych-pop, I think.

A good debut, not recommended if you hate indistinct vocals though. I don't mind - but then I listen to a lot of music that doesn't have any vocals at all...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm enjoying this 10 Jan 2010
By Frank Lynch - Published on
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This is a very pleasant debut. It's got jangly guitars such as you might hear in the Trashcan Sinatras, it's got vocal harmonies such as you might hear in Dr. Dog or Grizzly Bear, and it's got just a tinge of the darkness you might hear in The National. Very glad to have downloaded this, and I look forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put: one of the best albums of 2009 2 Sep 2010
By Morgan T. Denner - Published on
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I immediately fell in love with this album. I always try to find bands that really catch my ear and attention, especially with all the clone bands going around these days that are not in it for the art but for the fame, and these guys really really did pull me in. One of my favorite albums to listen to is slowly becoming sonic opium for me: slow, glistening, nonchalant, stagnant, and addicting. One of my favorite lines of all time in the most unexpected of places is in this album:

"Until you find your rolex in the sand
You'll be stopping
Until that solid gold is in your hand
You'll be happy"

That line just clangs at the core of me. I have seen thm twice and both times they were amazing. So go listen to this album's entirety and enjoy a nice dose of sonic opium because this album will make you heavy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check out this indie band... 5 Mar 2010
By J. Pratty - Published on
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Another one of my favorite Indie-releases of the year, Real Estate's debut album draws on indie greats Yo La Tengo, early Shins, and other not-quite-lo-fi masters. A relaxing and rewarding listen, Real Estate glides and caresses the listener while describing the fate of the suburban dwellers, (two tracks with Suburban in the title), with lyrics such as "the suburban dogs are in love with their chains." The most upbeat the albums gets is only a brisk walk, "Beach Comber" being one of my favorites, but the pleasantries of the album leave the listener satisfied instead of waiting for more...unless of course if by more you mean their next album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 21 Jun 2010
By Steve Hutchman - Published on
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This is a pretty good lo-fi album. It reminds me of a little bit of 'let it be' era replacements mixed with a little modest mouse. I really like that the vocals are in the bottom of the mix and are hardly audible. I think this is great because you have to strain to hear the words witch makes them more important. I did find that some of the songs were a little to sparse and repetitive but on a whole it was a good listening experience.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Band! 5 April 2014
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It received an okay rating just because it fails to compare to "Days". Excellent band, love their sound. This is a band to follow over their careers!
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