Our album of the week (14th October 2011)
• ‘Days’ is the much anticipated second album by New Jersey’s Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker - known collectively as Real Estate.
• A gorgeously melancholy, autumnal suite of understated pop songs bringing to mind the subtle majesty of fellow NJ outfit The Feelies, Felt and early REM, the group’s first release for Domino is a perfect maturation of the promise suggested by their quietly adored eponymous debut in 2009.
• Augmented exquisitely by bandmates Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker’s intricate, gently psychedelic musicianship, singer Martin Courtney’s economic yet vividly poetic imagery in exploring his obsessions (suburban youth, home, nature, loss) and yearning way with a hook establish ‘Days’ as a great coming-of-age chronicle and himself as a truly important, distinctive voice in American songwriting today.
• Available on CD and single heavyweight vinyl in special gatefold sleeve (with MP3s).
• Also available exclusively to independent retailers as a special limited edition CD with special bonus disc featuring six tracks of the band’s earlier music and side projects - two tracks from each: Ducktails; Real Estate; Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - and limited to 1000 copies for the UK.
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