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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia in a box..., 18 April 2011
This review is from: Real Estate (Audio CD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut from Matt Mondanile from Ducktails band, 8 May 2010
This review is from: Real Estate (Audio CD)
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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