New Jersey suburban rock group Real Estate put out its first self-titled album in the fall of 2009. It was a breezy, low-fi beach rock affair that conjured up images of sunny coastlines and relaxing blue skies. The band's new record, Days, feels more like a suburban autumn than a summer beachfront.
The album is light and affable, with Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney's exceptionally clean, complementary guitar tones working together to create gentle and rich melodies. Courtney's minimalist lyrics convey imagery of simple childhood pleasures, long drives and nostalgic neighborhoods.
Real Estate can hold its own on a stage, too, with skillful musicians who tour relentlessly. With such an agreeable sound and quickly rising indie rock status, Friday, Nov. 5, may be the last opportunity to catch Real Estate at an intimate, Neurolux-sized venue.[ Video is no longer available. ]