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Daniel

    Real Estate’s sixth full-length album Daniel was recorded in an ebullient nine-day spree at RCA Studio A, in Nashville with GRAMMY-winning producer and songwriter Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves). In 11 compulsively tuneful songs, they connect the uninhibited wonder of their earliest work with the earned perspective of adulthood.

    Several days into recording, all five members of Real Estate were discussing album titles when someone suggested “Daniel,” simply because it seemed funny to bestow a human name upon a record. Was it for Daniel Tashian? Maybe. Was it a nod to The Replacements’ Tim? Possibly. Was it the sign of a band that has now been around long enough to take its music seriously without taking itself or its perception too seriously? Absolutely.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Real Estate may have reached a point in their career where they're unworried about calling a record 'Daniel', and in a way the duality of the silliness of the name is the perfect metaphor for Real Estate's playful but deeply skilful song writing. Here we get the upbeat majesty and jangly drift we've known them for but with a more mature, less frenetic end result.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Somebody New
    2. Haunted World
    3. Water Underground
    4. Flowers
    5. Interior
    6. Freeze Brain
    7. Say No More
    8. Airdrop
    9. Victoria
    10. Market Street
    11. You Are Here 

    Real Estate

    Real Estate - 2022 Repress

      Real Estate waft in on vibes of hazy summers past. The New Jersey quartet of Martin Courtney IV, Matthew Mondanile III, Etienne Pierre Duguay and Alex Bleeker cut the sleeves short and the pop smooth to shade you from the midday heat. Every song works its way to that part of your consciousness that revelled in the fleeting waves of freedom that eked in once classes broke and the sun lingered a little longer over suburban roofs. And with three quarters of the band holding down Garden State roots its no surprise that a bit of Jersey indie-pop heritage sneaks its way into their sound, lifting the most sun streaked moments from The Feelies and Yo La Tengo and filtering them through the kaleidoscope of memories aimless drives through parched neighbourhood streets. Martin Courtney's songwriting has a way of wrapping up the immediacy of youth with the ennui of age for the perfect shade of bittersweet bliss, mind you though, much heavier on the sweet than the bitter. Add to this Mondanile's (Ducktails/ Predator Vision) shimmering guitar strains full of equal parts sea foam and beer foam, pepper in the boardwalk clatter of Duguay's drums Bleeker's staccato low end and the perfect afternoon is just a lawn chair and boom box away.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Darryl says: An awesome debut, mellow, hazy and beautiful.

      Laura says: This would've been in by Top 20 Albums Of The Year if it had arrived in time. It missed out by a week!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Beach Comber
      2. Pool Swimmers
      3. Suburban Dogs
      4. Black Lake
      5. Atlantic City
      6. Fake Blues
      7. Green River
      8. Suburban Beverage
      9. Lets Rock The Beach
      10. Snow Days

      The brand new album delivers the band’s most inspired and self-aware set of songs to date, created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound. Following his work on 2011’s Days, engineer Kevin McMahon returns as producer, and, for the first time ever, Real Estate have brought in outside instrumentalists and special guests like Sylvan Esso, whose vocalist Amelia Meath features on first single, “Paper Cup.”

      Across the album’s 13 interrogative tracks – as full of depth, strangeness, and contradictions as they are lifting hooks – the band balances existential, environmental, and political anxieties with fatherly sentiments, self-satirizing lyrics, forever-lively guitar lines, and shimmering strings.

      The Main Thing arrives with a fresh commitment the members of Real Estate - Alex Bleeker (bass), Martin Courtney (vocals, guitar), Matthew Kallman (keyboards), Julian Lynch (guitar, vocals), and Jackson Pollis (drums and drum programming) - have made to each other, 10 years and 5 full-length LPs into a career spent crafting unmistakable and influential palettes of sound. The band underwent a collaborative evolution for this album, which saw each member experimenting in new roles, and alongside Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, Matt Barrick of The Walkmen, Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls and a string quartet all play on the record.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Real Estate have always held a special place in our hearts, and certainly our racks, and 'The Main Thing' is just further unnecessary evidence that they will remain just as beloved for years to come. Soaring, hazy guitars and shimmering psychedelic progressions make the perfect backdrop for Courtney's longing vocals, forming a cohesive and immersive blanket to keep you warm. Lovely.

      TRACK LISTING

      Friday
      Paper Cup (feat. Sylvan Esso)
      Gone
      You
      November
      Falling Down
      Also A But
      The Main Thing
      Shallow Sun
      Sting
      Silent World
      Procession
      Brother

      On In Mind, the fourth full-length record from Real Estate, the band fine-tunes the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums - 2009’s Real Estate, 2011’s Days, and 2014’s Atlas - so beloved. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Cole M. Greif-Neill (Julia Holter, Beck), In Mind delivers the same kind of warmth and soft-focus narratives that one has come to expect from the band - pastoral guitars, elegantly deployed arrangements, a sort of mindful melancholy - but there is also a newly adventurous sonic edge to the proceedings.

      It offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record casts the band in a new light - one that replaces the wistful ennui of teenage suburbia with an equally complicated adult version.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: One of Piccadilly Records' favourite janglers return with another swooningly resigned ache-a-thon, this time with added quirk and expanded dynamism thanks to the addition of the splendid Julian Lynch on lead guitar.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Darling
      2. Serve The Song
      3. Stained Glass
      4. After The Moon
      5. Two Arrows
      6. White Light
      7. Holding Pattern
      8. Time
      9. Diamond Eyes
      10. Same Sun
      11. Saturday

      Sunny Day Real Estate

      Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2 - Re-mastered Edition

        'Delivering on the promise Sunny Day Real Estate showed on their 1994 debut Diary, the following year's self titled album (aka "The Pink Album", for its entirely pink cover) also felt like a posthumous work left by a brilliant writer. Shortly after recording it, the band spontaneously imploded: Enigk emerged born-again as a Christian, and the rhythm section, Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith, headed off to join Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters, seemingly sabotaging that once-limitless future. As tragic as the turn of events was for fans, the album proved how special the band was and underscored just how lamentable their too-early demise was.'


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