We’ve been keeping a close watch on the Real Estate camp because, well, we like them … and their camp puts out a lot of stuff. The other day it was bassist Alex Bleeker fronting the Freaks, a band that includes Real Estaters Martin Courtney and Matt Mondanile. Today it’s a new track from Mondanile’s Ducktails, who we last caught up with via “Parasailing,” his contribution to a split Underwater Peoples 7″. This time we have a track from the forthcoming Landscapes LP (from which we also heard “Landrunner“). It’s a brief, melancholic, and somehow oddly pastoral guitar-lined piece with a certain airy lightness threaded throughout. Then again, it has me thinking of clear forerunner Azusa Plane, which makes the mood that much heavier.

Landscapes is out 8/3 via Olde English Spelling Bee. It can currently be pre-ordered at Insound (while there, take a moment to read Charles Berlitz’s letter-as-release description.) You can also hear an unmastered version of the LP’s “Welcome Home (I’m Back” at MySpace.

Comments (17)
  1. Ao  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    Shouldn’t this be playing in an elevator somewhere?

  2. rich man  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    i have to assume that you guys are friends with this band and all associated bands. they are super boring! there are people casually creating music like this everywhere, its totally unexceptional in every way. its all good though.

  3. KJK  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    i really liked their last album. but yea, i gotta admit this is boring (only listened to it once though)

  4. OESB  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    we are having a series of record release parties in office building elevators — please contact us for more info — OESB / Ducktails

  5. LOL

    Yeah this substantially more boring than article #1,039,538 on Grizzly Bear or Bon Iver. Because indie rock is really, you know, breaking some serious new ground.

  6. People are expected to pay for a CD full of this? It sounds like a demo I would have recorded five years ago with my Acoustica MP3 mixer and my guitar processor-pedal thing’s built in drum machine.

    • OESB  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Elvis — this is only available on vinyl – so you can rest easy as no-one’s paying for cd’s of this at all.. But seriously – if you still have some of your demos from five years ago & they really do sound like this then definitely get them our way — we’ll release them and you can get full credit for pioneering a micro-movement in underground indie music… OESB

  7. BZ McG  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    whoa. Elvis vs. Shark just highlighted something for me. honestly, i’ve been following and digging this whole Real Estate/Ducktails, Best Coast, Sun Araw, super lo-fi “tropical pop” thing the blogs have been losing their minds over recently — but E vs. S is totally right. what’s the deal here people? all of it DOES sound like deteriorating demos recorded in a beachside bathroom stall. is that appealing? i guess, sort of, because i’ve been listening to it. E vs. S — you’ve just made me begin questioning everything i know. (oh, and the whole “cassette only release” things is getting out of hand, people.)

    • danny  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      how is the cassette thing getting out of hand? cassette is the only easily-distributed recording medium that sounds even remotely as good as vinyl, and is much more affordable to put out (and thus more affordable for your audience). it’s the best alternative you’ve got until you can step your game up to LPs. it’s also a valuable medium for bands to experiment between “official” full-length albums. think of what deerhunter/atlas sound does with their mp3 blog posts / virtual 7″s, except as a real, tangible thing that sounds ten times better [the sound quality, if not song quality] than mp3s.

      • BZ McG  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

        ohhh, ya know. don’t have it in me to adequately retort. but, yea you’re right. i’m just real tired of the “coolness” factor surrounding them on the blogs and was simply referring to that. “so stop reading the blogs” nahhh, that’s clearly not gonna happen either…i’m having a conversation with an invisible person on a 2-dimensional screen about cassettes on ‘stereogum.’ man, these day jobs make our lives weird. go Ducktails and go cassettes! i like it all. for real. the end.

  8. quen  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    cassettes are sweet… so are sick mp3s WITH GOOD MUSIC ON THEM… like that dude said, tapes are awesome for in-between proper releases — that way the artist gets supported and shares his process with his fans… yeah its a bit superfanny/indulgent but its art, whaddya expect? as far as ducktails is concerned, its just one mans opinion but its pretty lousy music. he has some nice ideas, but they need to be fleshed out more. nice for summer time hangin no-thought loopy lifestyles, but its starting to get a *little bit* redundant.

  9. sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    love Sun Araw and the majority of artists on Not Not Fun Records, but this is madddd boring.

    • OESB  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      sean — you really nail something here — right now there’s a full-scale war about to break out between the west coast beaches and the east coast beaches.. and even though i’m based in new york i grew up in oregon and would choose the cold surf of a rocky oregon beach any day over the jersey shore.. BUT when it comes to beach jams i have to tip my hat to the east-coasters — it should tell you something that the first Pacific City music festival was held on the atlantic coast… that’s when the tides turned for sure,.. but as my friend always says “anyone can go to the beach” — and he’s right,, so let’s put a stop to all of this beach hate & go chill in some elevators — ‘cuz beach music is on the way out — you read it here first – get ready for some elevator action – it’s the definition of “next level” & guaranteed to take you higher…

  10. opn  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    DID SOMEBODY SAY ELEVATED MUSIC?!?! SHWINGGGGG Ahhh just another day here at Dekker’s Department Store… rippin off all those little cyberturds with their voodoo usb sticks! I try to sell em tapes, but they got too much sand in their walkmans so it all sounds like wahwahwahwahwahwah!!! portable madness i tell ya! portable madness! i dont know about you guys, but i like duck jams cuz they come from a good place! and it aint tha beach, i’ll tell you that much! go find your jam zone, be good and forever lovin Jah

  11. For those you in the New York area, Visitation Rites Sound Blog will be hosting a record release party for Ducktails’ Landscapes and Julian Lynch’s Orange You Glad with Olde English Spelling Bee over at the Market Hotel on Saturday August 1st, 8pm Featuring performances by Talibam!, Steve Gunn-Heidi Diehl Duo, Julian Lynch, and Behavior.

    More info here:

  12. MkBtt  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2010 0

    Enjoyed. Thanks for the MP3. And thanks for all the joke responses. Or wait are these Kings of Indie Rock fo reals?

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