Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile’s other band, Ducktails, released one of 2013’s most unjustly overlooked LPs, The Flower Lane, an album so dreamily, wondrously relaxed that it should seriously come with the same warning label you’d find stuck to the side of a bottle of Vicodin. Now, Mondanile’s Real Estate bandmate, bassist Alex Bleeker, is set to release a new one from his own side project, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, the title of which is How Far Away, and the content of which is almost as chilled-out as The Flower Lane. (To be fair, Real Estate aren’t exactly Minor Threat in the first place.) “Step Right Up” is the third track we’ve heard from How Far Away (following “Leave On The Light” and “Don’t Look Down“) and … well, it’s probably enough to point out that the song is subtitled “Pour Yourself Some Wine.” Don’t mind if I do! Now let’s kick back and give this thing a spin.
How Far Away is out 5/28 via Woodsist.