Real Estate Vinyl, CD & tapes by Real Estate at Norman Records
Is it possible to be like, overwhelmingly easy-going? That's kind of what Real Estate sound like. Four records deep into what's looking like a prolific career of jangle, the band have been creating so much of a good thing it's almost hard to digest.
Real Estate broke through with Days, a record of jams either summery or autumnal, your mileage varying. Simple, clean guitars and a wistful coo made it an absolute treat, with tunes like "All the Same" hammering home the soft rock sensibilities of this crew. Martin Courtney's evocatively vague songs continued to be heart-capturing on Atlas, a record that merely polished up the same sound, staying the same while clarifying itself.
The homogeny of Real Estate's sound is no bad thing: Courtney himself has said he has little interest in changing sounds or twisting his band's aesthetic into new places, more interested in creating a long list of equally good indie rock records. As if proof of his stubborn commitment to calm, the band released In Mind, yet another record of graciously looping guitar motifs and quiet moments. As the band progress, they simply get better at being themselves, detailing arrangements and finding the perfect musical voicing for tranquility.