Real Estate sound unambitious to the point where it’s actually kinda risky: How would their cruise-controlled tempos, lovely guitar lattices and plainspoken, nostalgic lyrics stand out in the past three decades of indie rock, let alone in the hyperactivity of 2011? But Days is the rare record that imbues its instantly engaging songcraft with an actual point of view, perhaps the first in the past century of pop culture to recognize New Jersey as the Garden State — the expanses between suburb and metropolis that so many of us just end up in during our youth. On their self-titled LP, Martin Courtenay called this self-awareness “fake blues,” but acknowledged a universality that’s described on “Wonder Years” as a state of “not OK, but I guess I’m doing fine.” And Days remains timeless and universal, a soundtrack of acceptance and being at peace with ones’ surroundings.
By Andrew Parks on 03.20.14 in News
Pitchfork finalized the lineup of its annual music festival today, adding St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Real Estate, Hudson Mohawke and more to a stacked lineup that already included Grimes, Slowdive and Beck. Personally, we...
By Mike Powell on 03.04.14 in Reviews
Real Estate's light touch and breezy disposition have always made them seem like lightweights — mid-period R.E.M. without the art and urgency, say, or the Byrds without their countercultural ties. Over the course of thre...
By Christina Lee on 06.18.13 in Reviews
Is J. Cole a disappointment? That question hangs over the rapper's somber sophomore LP Born Sinner like a storm cloud. As he did on his breakthrough major-label debut The Sideline Story, Cole wrestles openly, and touchin...
By Barry Walters on 06.14.13 in Reviews
Magic happens when the right singer-songwriter wanders out of his element to make dance music. It's the complementary contrast of introverted vocals and extroverted accompaniment that creates something bigger than those...