Music Review | posted 15.11.2011
Real Estate
Days
Domino, 2011
Text Ben Grosse-Siestrup , Translation Julia Frohn
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In hindsight, when i was young, it wasn’t really the best idea to try and inspect the plug-socket with a fork. But, in hindsight, it was an absolutely good idea to listen to the new Real Estate album. Why in hindsight? Because the album is so very remote and timeless that it’s almost not noticeable on the first listening. But at some point, the twelve tracks – which literally float along between indie, surf and country – come to an end and make room for an epiphany. What did I just listen to? Never mind, let’s listen to it again. And then, 40 minutes later, you wake up again and think the very same thing. Days is only the second album by the likable indie-pop-band from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and was released only two years after the self-titled debut. While the cover of Days is to be classified somewhere between absurd melancholy and clear serenity, the musical content can actually live up to that very promise. For now, it is probably the most homogeneous and discreet album of 2001. Single tracks can only be determined with a sincere effort to concentrate, but then again, they’re not too alike, either. Real Estate are just drifting along and naturally carry us with them. Melody-smitten indie-songs, like It’s Real, Out Of Tune or the opener Easy, make it real hard to not like Days.

You can find Real Estate’s Days at hhv.de: LP.
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