Such a pithy little whimsical nugget. Nice harmonies and just the littlest bit druggy prog haze to make it thick, but not so much to overpower.
Matt Mondanile of Real Estate releases his most refined statement of soft-focus guitar grandeur on Ducktails’ The Flower Lane. Any Real Estate fan will feel right at home in the autumnal shading of opener “Ivy Covered House,” which seems to conjure novels out of its ornate sounds. Supertramp-style organ helps create substantial atmosphere in title track but Mondanile’s evocative lyrics (“a million pretty faces and no one to care for,” he sings in one Morrisseyan couplet) show newfound focus. Even as a song like “Under Cover” carries on for a languid six minutes with half as many chords, each movement reveals a new jazz-inflected guitar hue, rhythmic trick or surprising instrumental choice, like tastefully used horns and acoustic guitars. The Flower Lane rivals the work of Mondanile’s full band, and it’s one of the nicest surprises of the new year.