At the end of the week, Real Estate are putting out a new album, The Main Thing, the follow-up to their last full-length, 2017’s In Mind. Despite its imminent release, they’ve only shared one single from it so far, “Paper Cup,” which featured Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, though on their fall tour last year they did play the whole thing live for those in attendance. But today, we’re getting another song from it, the title track this time, which is a dreamy glimmer about steadfastness that bursts into some sparkling guitar work on the back half. Check it out below.
Here’s the band’s Martin Courtney on the track:
The Main Thing’ is my attempt at writing an inspirational anthem for anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis…specifically, me.
I was asking myself a lot of uncomfortable questions throughout the process of making this album. Wondering if being an artist is irresponsible or selfish, particularly with the world in the state that it’s in, particularly as a parent of young kids. This was the last song I wrote for this album, and I think it kind of distills where I found myself at the end of what turned out to be a long and extremely rewarding process: psyched on the power of music, for real!
The lyrics in this song are sort of tongue in cheek, but the sentiment is very real. Basically…when life gets tough, when the stresses start piling up, when you start second guessing every decision you’ve made, what do you do? You double down on the thing that makes you happy, the thing that feeds your soul.
It might be corny to say, but it really is important to be true to who you are and do what you believe in, whatever that may be.