Martin Courtney is the frontman of indie dudes Real Estate, but for Many Moons he has stepped aside to do some solo work. The songs he performs here are a little more inward-looking, and are produced with a slightly psychedelic haze: very pleasing. Additional parts by James Taveniere of Woods. On Domino.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 October 2015
Of course it’s blooming lovely - what else did you expect? From the opening delicious acoustic guitar chords of ‘Awake’ this Martin Courtney’s debut LP away from his Real Estate buddies shows little progression away from their sun-dappled sound but has a different, more home spun feel perhaps reflecting Courtney’s domestic bliss in his hometown Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Where this record lacks the spiralling guitar tones of Matt Mondanile it makes up for with warm melodic good vibes. So laid back it’s almost soporific, ’Foto’ Courtney perhaps eulogises about how things have changed since his he and his pals started knocking about in their early teens “you’re not the same as who you were before” he whispers as delicious strings overtake the mix. After a few listens it’s clear that this is as good as any Real Estate record yet is noticeable not Real Estate. The dynamic is different, there are a few more country inflections and has the feel of a pressure-free jaunt through some of Courtney's charming songs that have been kept away from his regular band. With no sense of these being any kind of cast offs this could be the perfect solo album in fact. The only misstep is possibly the title track where the flutes are a little early 70’s BBC children’s TV show shoeing that Courtney ain’t as good as instrumentals as his bro' Mondanile but luckily for us he’s good as everything else.
With Courtney, Mondanile and bassist Bleeker all producing solo records this year the beginning of the end of Real Estate could be on the horizon as the lads settle down but the flip side is so many great albums such as this.
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