8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 November 2013
Ducktails are about to be at the end of an experiment that sees the reviewer write whilst exceedingly hungry. If a record sounds great when you are as hungry as I am then it must be pretty exhilarating to recently-fed people.
Following on from the mixed bag that was ‘The Flower Lane’ this sees Matt Mondanile (Real Estate) returning to a home recording setting. Opener ‘Tie Dye’ is a typically sun dappled slice of melancholia. Over fizzy drum samples Mondaline creates a gorgeous world of lovingly stroked guitars, squeaky retro synths and a tuba-like bass phrase over which he whispers his simple but effective vocals. There’s no great departure from his signature sound, just a lovely shimmering summery tune that makes you want to drive to a leafy American suburb and jump in a sprinkler.
’Honey Tiger Eyes’ uses the same lollopy sampled drums as ‘Tie-Dye’ and has a magpie-like American thrift shop cool. On the flip, ‘Wish Hotel’ sees Mondaline flirt with something initially a little more straight ahead. It features, for example, a lengthy guitar solo. No more rocking than Wild Nothing, though which is of course not very rocking at all.
The final two tracks are oddball, charming instruments with lashings of organ and funny little production things, much more like his earlier work before the comparitively hi-fi ‘The Flower Lane’. A nice little package then pushing things forward a little, but happy to wander hither and thither amongst the back roads of his discography. Similar to the stop-gap banana I’ve just consumed, this will keep fans going until the main course of the next Real Estate album arrives.
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