Real Estate – The Main Thing (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Real Estate – The Main Thing (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:34 minutes | 991 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Domino Recording Co

The Main Thing delivers the band’s most inspired and self-aware set of songs to date, created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound. Following his work on 2011’s Days, engineer Kevin McMahon returns as producer, and, for the first time ever, Real Estate have brought in outside instrumentalists and special guests like Sylvan Esso, whose vocalist Amelia Meath features on first single, “Paper Cup.” Across the album’s 13 interrogative tracks – as full of depth, strangeness, and contradictions as they are lifting hooks – the band balances existential, environmental, and political anxieties with fatherly sentiments, self-satirizing lyrics, forever-lively guitar lines, and shimmering strings.

Real Estate has always been the perfect soundtrack for an Indian summer, soaked in soft 70s pop, a touch melancholic but never ridiculous. The New Jersey band’s music covers hedonistic pop, gold-plated arpeggios, sophisticated and sugary-sweet melodies (but not overly saccharine), with enough originality to avoid falling into the mainstream or even contracting sonic diabetes… Martin Courtney, Alex Bleeker, Jackson Pollis, Matt Kallman and Julian Lynch know the discographies of The Byrds, The Smiths, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500, Steely Dan and evidently The Shins like the backs of their hands. There’s enough source material there to help inspire the creation of near-perfect indie pop songs. With The Main Thing, and as is usually the case with Real Estate, behind the simplicity of the exterior façade and the apparently lax attitude, there is a state of pure beauty and talent operating behind the scenes. The elegance of the arrangement and the efficiency of the production inhabit every corner of this fifth album filled with mini hits, like Paper Cup featuring Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath. A 100% authentic and delightful Real Estate record. – Marc Zisman


01. Friday (04:57)
02. Paper Cup (feat. Sylvan Esso) (04:30)
03. Gone (03:13)
04. You (03:52)
05. November (02:22)
06. Falling Down (04:31)
07. Also A But (05:23)
08. The Main Thing (02:35)
09. Shallow Sun (04:14)
10. Sting (01:49)
11. Silent World (04:42)
12. Procession (03:31)
13. Brother (02:55)