The Flower Lane (LP)


Ducktails

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Karen, Hollywood 03/27/2013

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.


01/28/2013

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.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ivy Covered House
Ducktails 03:29
2.
The Flower Lane
Ducktails 04:28
3.
Under Cover
Ducktails 06:09
4.
Timothy Shy
Ducktails 04:04
5.
Planet Phrom
Ducktails 03:30


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Assistant Director
Ducktails 03:54
2.
Sedan Magic
Ducktails 04:41
3.
International Date Line
Ducktails 01:58
4.
Letter Of Intent
Ducktails 05:19
5.
Academy Avenue
Ducktails 02:49

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