Rejoice - a new Real Estate album! The New Jersey band’s knack for guitar jangle and glorious melodies has cemented their status a favourite around these parts over the years. Their new album, The Main Thing, is inspired partly by the Roxy Music song of the same name, simply because 5 albums into their career they need to be making music that sounds that good. Features a guest appearance by Sylvan Esso on the album’s first single Paper Cup.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £19.99 WIGLP426X
Deluxe edition 2LP on Domino housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket with Bjorn Copeland’s collage piece mounted on the front cover.
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- Includes download code
Vinyl Double LP £19.67 WIGLP426
2LP on Domino.
- Includes download code
CD £8.23 WIGCD426
CD on Domino.
Well, it looks like the skies have finally rained themselves out. How better to celebrate than with Real Estate's sunny new album 'The Main Thing'? It's a heady blast of immaculate guitar pop that has the odd nod to exotica and psych.
Crisp production and clean textures mean that ‘The Main Thing’ occasionally veers into chill-out territory. However, the blissed-out arrangements, propulsive percussion, and the keen sense of melancholy in the lyrics mean for the most part, this album is merely mellifluous rather than boring. Martin Courtney croons things such as "for now enjoy the innocence" and "now your mind is gone", imbibing those slow tempos with more poignancy.
I love the wistful meanderings of opener ‘Friday’. It’s always interesting when a band opens a record with something that doesn’t seem to need or want your attention. ‘The Main Thing’ often reminds me of Kurt Vile at his most dulcet or Neil Young at his least belligerent.
The occasional wiggy guitar bit and fluttering synths means this album stays interesting throughout. It’s the perfect record to remind you that warmer spells are just around the corner...
6/10 El Clinton 9th March 2020
Hey @normanrecords is there a version of this I can buy with all the guitar solos removed? Hope so as 'The Real Thing 'has recently been accompanying me on my spring runs around the hills of Wharfedale and it's pretty hard while running to stop each song about three quarters in when a lengthy, horribly misjudged twiddle hits your ears. I'd venture perhaps that new(ish) guitarist Julian Lynch should becmoe old(ish) for his contributions to the record but presumably he had the support and encouragement of his bandmates so there has to be some collective responsibility. And then there's producer has let them all through without exercising his faders. And Domino Records - I'm holding you responsible for not suggesting they be erased before it went to the mastering engineer who I guess was just doing his job.
What must Lynch's family think? He's simply let everybody down.
'The Main Thing' is easily Real Estate's most insignificant album to date but there are still some lovely numbers here - 'Gone', 'You' (uuurgh that solo), 'November' (couldn't sound more like Felt if it started hoovering under your bed), 'Silent World', 'Procession' (a round of applause please for the lovely three chord trick at the end of the chorus) are all as sun-dappled as you'd hope but there are some seriously forgettable moments between them... marred of course by ill-advised soloing.
Two further questions before I go. Where is the regulatory Alex Bleeker song? Each album he usually contributes a sub par country-ish lilt but I can't find one anywhere. And Martin Courtney's sunglasses - what are *they* all about?
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