New Ducktails – “Roses” (Stereogum Premiere)

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.

Ducktails – “Roses” (MP3)

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.