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Certain art forms are deceptively simple: calligraphy, still-life painting, dream pop. In the case of the last, details like the shimmer of a ride cymbal or the exact tone of a clean guitar can make all the difference. To listen to Atlas, the exquisitely produced third album from New Jersey's Real Estate, is to hear a quartet of master practitioners of the dream pop craft. Casually sanguine yet precisely composed, the album is moody but not mournful, peppy but not cloying. In the grand tradition of bands like Luna, Heavenly, and The Sundays, the songs here rarely feature more than a few chords, a few parts, or a few lyrical ideas (the suburbs, fatherhood)—yet everything fits together perfectly. Matt Mondanile's lead guitar is playful but not ostentatious, expertly complementing Martin Courtney's plainspoken vocals, his languid phrasings soaring above the gentle din. Snare drums sizzle and pop, basslines pogo gracefully, the mood is wistful and breezy. The cascading guitar riff of "Talking Backwards" will have you dreaming of The Smiths, while the cowpunk swing of "Horizon" shows off just how many tricks Real Estate have up their sleeve.

Customer Reviews

If you loved Days, you will love this even more.

The album is great. It's a lot more lively and energetic than Days. Recommended.

the boys are back

lie on the floor and listen to this record at an extremely high volume and your troubles will go away for a while

reminds me of Luna (this is meant as a compliment)

I caught Real Estate’s track “Had to Hear” on SiriusXM’s XMU channel and was floored. They have a really nice mellow (but sophisticated) sound, and those jangly guitars remind me of the late great ‘90s indie rock band Luna. Maybe it’s because Real Estate’s fans are too young and missed out on Luna back in the day, but I’m surprised so folks have picked up on Luna’s influence. Anyhow, I’m loving this album and it’s great to hear another band carrying the torch...


Formed: 2009 in Ridgewood, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Jersey's hazy indie rockers Real Estate feature Titus Andronicus' Martin Courtney, Etienne Duguay (who also records as Predator Vision), Alex Bleeker, and Matthew Mondanile, also of Ducktails. The foursome had played together in bands -- including a Weezer cover band -- during high school, but didn't become Real Estate until Courtney returned to the Garden State after attending college in Olympia, Washington. After forming in summer 2008, the band began playing live that fall and released the...
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