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Ducktails’ Matthew Mondanile (also the guitarist for Real Estate) initially made this alternate version of “Killin the Vibe” available only on vinyl, and now it’s also an exclusive track. What makes this take so different? It features guest vocals from Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and additional contributions from Woods' Dent May and Jarvis Taveniere. It plays with reverberated, surfy guitars and a splash of '60s-flavored tambourine as Mondanile sings through watery tape echo; the result sounds like early recordings by Beachwood Sparks offshoot band The Tyde (albeit much more lo-fi). “Sit Around with Ya” simmers down a bit. It features folky acoustic guitar alongside electric six-string leads that sound piped through a warbling Leslie speaker, while Mondanile sings with nasal inflections not unlike a young Gerard Love from Teenage Fanclub. The loungy “Couch Surfer” is performed on a '70s home organ with rudimentary drum machine settings, but Mondanile injects the tune with wonderfully contrasted rock guitar leads before a live recording of the title track closes.

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KTV

Killin' The Vibe is probably one of the most chillest songs I've ever heard, Ducktails is breaking new ground with this "hipster beach music" movement and I absolutely love it. The whole ep is great!

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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