Real Estate - Days

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Days is the second studio album by American indie rock band Real Estate, released in October 2011 via Domino Records.

In its own quiet, captivating way, Days is a daring record. It’s one thing to try to stand out by being novel or radically obtuse; it’s another to make music that attempts to do something well that’s already been done exceptionally many times in the past, and not only aspire to the sounds of those records, but also the emotional resonance.

Real Estate have fashioned Days in the form of the Beach Boys’ Today, the Byrds’ Notorious Byrd Brothers, and The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World - all perfect autumnal guitar-pop records that radiate inarticulate loveliness and deep, coming-of-age melancholy. Real Estate set itself up to falter by comparison, but Days pulls off the impressive feat of earning that company.

It helps that singer-songwriter Martin Courtney isn’t merely concerned with evoking his record collection on Days. Songs like the ethereal “Green Aisles” – where he sings about “mountains of maple leaves standing side by side” - have the feel of memories, with their blurred edges and strong-but-buried feelings.

The long, languid guitar introductions on the excellent “Out Of Tune” and the gently syncopated “Three Blocks” work the same gauzy surf-rock territory of the band’s terrific 2009 self-titled debut, but Courtney’s vocals seem a bit older and a lot wiser. The seven-minute closer “All The Same” is another step forward, taking the band’s miniaturist melodies in a grandly epic direction.

The bruised, bottomless beauty of Days suggests that growing up hasn’t always been easy for Real Estate. But these songs will nourish those going through similar changes for years to come.

This LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes a digital download code and is pressed in the USA on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Easy

3:53

A2

Green Aisles

5:01

A3

It’s Real

2:48

A4

Kinder Blumen

3:55

A5

Out Of Tune

4:51

B1

Municipality

3:36

B2

Wonder Years

2:34

B3

Three Blocks

3:18

B4

Younger Than Yesterday

4:08

B5

All The Same

7:21

SKU 5034202027515
Record Label Domino Recording Company
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number DNO 305
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 25 January 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 18 October 2011
Barcode # 5034202027515
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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