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Real Estate have announced the release of new album In Mind coming out on the 17th of March via Domino. The news has been accompanied by the release of the new single and video ‘Darling’ which sees the band demonstrating their limited equestrianism skills and new line up including new guitarist Julian Lynch.

After a solo release from Martin Courtney and the departure of Matthew Mondanile, New Jersey indie rock treasures Real Estate have pulled together their fourth full-length, their first in 3 years.  Known for their sunny indie pop style, Real Estate make technical musicianship look easy.  From hazy 70s AM radio harmonies to jangly Byrds-era guitar tones, 2017 will see 11 new songs from the fellas,

The release with be the band’s first since the departure of Matt Mondanile last year to focus on his band Ducktails and Martin Courtney’s 2015 solo album Many Moons. The band have recently finished a short US tour but are expected to release new dates in support of the new album.

“Darling” from Real Estate’s album, In Mind, out March 17, 2017 on Domino Records.

Watch the new video for ‘Darling’ below:

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Against the Clock is a series where we give an artist 10 minutes in the studio and see what they come up with.

Matt Mondanile is the lead guitarist of Real Estate, but he’s been making music on his own as Ducktails for even longer and how he makes that music has fascinated us for years. Mondanile builds his starry psych-rock pieces more like an electronic producer, gradually layering pieces he’s played like jigsaw pieces to make music that’s comfortingly familiar, yet tantalizingly surreal. We caught up with Mondanile, about to start a European tour, at his studio in downtown LA where he laid out guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums with time left for a shredding, feedback-filled solo. Watch it above


Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney‘s debut solo album, Many Moons, came out at the end of October and if you haven’t heard first single “Northern Highway” yet, you can stream it below. It is probably the most Real Estate-eque song on the album, which leans a little more soft rock, with warm strings and keyboards giving things a different, if still pastoral, feel. (The fluid basslines add to the ’70s vibe as well.).

Martin has just announced his first solo show which will happen at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust on November 20th.


Real Estate: Atlas

For their first two albums, New Jersey indie rock act Real Estate built a following on breezy, airy rock songs that left the listener with the feeling of just having stepped out of the ocean on the perfect summer day. On Atlas, the atmosphere is still there, but the mood is decidedly less beachy. Lead single “Talking Backwards” sounds jubilant enough, with its swirling, reverb-drenched guitars, but when Martin Courtney sings, “Am I making any sense to you?” it’s quickly apparent this was a song written in a different state of mind than, say, “Pool Swimmers.” The rest of the album follows in the footsteps of “Talking Backwards,” making for a listening experience better suited to trying to forget that beach trip you took with an ex than actually relishing in the sand and surf. This is the sound of a band growing up, yes, but also the sound of one growing into itself, turning growing pains into beautifully crafted music in the process.

Real Estate’s first two LPs drifted along at a post-graduate pace, but Atlas is their most focused and professional effort yet. The addition of drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman — who both became full-time members after 2011’s Days — has bolstered the band’s sound, and the lo-fi textures that Real Estate wore so well in the past have been washed away, giving each song even more room to breathe. The result is not a reinvention, but rather, a refinement. In its own self-effacing way, Atlas is a work of great confidence, a gorgeous testament to the kind of suspiciously casual understatement they’ve perfected, one that only comes with knowing oneself.

Ducktails is an American band from New Jersey that began in 2006 as the solo recording project of Matt Mondanile (also of Real Estate).[1][2]Ducktails started up in a tool shed in Northampton, Massachusetts the summer before his last year at Hampshire College, The band name is a play on the title of the animated television series, DuckTales, from the late 1980s and early 1990s they recorded their first release, 1992 Demo, on a 4 track with cheap multi effects pedals and a guitar. After leaving college Matt Mondanile moved back to his parents’ home in New Jersey, where he recorded in the basement. Between 2007 and 2012 he recorded several albums, singles, cassettes, and split releases, mostly recorded on cassette tape. Ducktails’ self-titled debut album proper was released in 2009 on the Not Not Fun label, followed later that year with Landscapes. Third studio album Ducktails III: Ducktails releases have received significant critical acclaim, most notably from Pitchfork Media who have favourably reviewed the albums, and produced two video features on the band.


Real Estate’s last album ATLAS is among my favourite of this year so far, Here is a song performed by the band when recently making a network debut on the David Letterman Show the band performed “Talking Backwards”

Real Estate and a wonderful version of the song “Crime” the band are to play the Green man Festival on sunday in the Brecon Beacons Wales



the second track issued as a single  taken from the bands third album “Atlas” released back in March on Domino Recordings features hazy dreamlike footage of the New Jersey band on tour in Mexico City the B side features a cover of the Nerves track “Paper Dolls” the band will be at Green Man and Lowlands festivals they will be playing the Birmingham Institute friday 24th october with promising newcomers Alvvays as support.


New Jersey musician Alex Beeker is the Bass player with the band REAL ESTATE besides his own project band Alex Beeker and the Freaks so far to date they have a two albums released the 2009 self titled debut and the further release How Far Away in 2013.

Real Estate put on a great performance last night on the David Letterman Show playing a track from the excellent new album “ATLAS”