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Editors’ Notes

Matthew Mondanile isn’t the only child of the ‘80s with a VHS-like view of the world, but he’s certainly one of the most confident. And by that, we don’t mean the Ducktails frontman/Real Estate guitarist is arrogant by any means. More like self-assured and completely carefree, as if he were born and raised by a pack of surfers on the sandy shores of California. The twist? He’s a total Jersey boy who grew up in the suburbs, about an hour and a half from the boardwalk Snooki and the Situation have since colonized. The separation makes total sense, though. In a lot of ways, it explains the lingering sense of sadness and longing for simpler times that characterizes most of Mondanile’s music. Especially this album, his most fully realized pop record to date, from simple but effective verse/chorus combos (“Hamilton Road,” “Art Vandelay”) to a stunning 10-minute closer (“Porch Projector”) that channels slow-burning chords alongside firework finales from far too long ago. Nostalgia rarely feels this natural.

Customer Reviews

Not really

Hazy beach album perfect for summer, riding a bike, sitting on a swing, or whatever you crazy kids are into these days. But in response to aafere, no, it does not sound like fleet foxes. It sounds nothing like them.

5 stars and 2 thumbs up

At first I didn't think that I would enjoy this album, that I should just continue browsing for more music. But once I heard Art Vandelay and Killin the Vibe I was hooked. Congrats to Ducktails for another great album!! Great buy!

:)

They sound a lot like Fleet Foxes.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Northampton, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ducktails is the solo side project of Matthew Mondanile, a member of Ridgewood, New Jersey-based indie beach bums Real Estate. While not too dissimilar in tone from the sun-kissed pop of his main squeeze, Mondanile's work as Ducktails presents a more fragmented, mercurial version of the Garden State of mind. More synthetic, too, than Real Estate, Ducktails is all burbling analog synths, bedroom processing, and sunburnt soundscapes. The end effect acts as a sort of bleary aural Polaroid taken at a...
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