Lots of words come to mind when thinking about the band Real Estate, but how about this one: dependable. The band’s self-titled debut from 2009 was never really a grower; it was just a front-to-back solid album that sounded good the first time you heard it and has aged well, too. I still listen to Real Estate, like all the time. And I don’t really even like music that’s chill*.
It is unsurprising, then, that on the band’s second album, Days, it picks up right where it left off, with hazy & lazy jams and keen sense of riding a potent guitar riff or vocal melody. The band’s sound, while not alone in contemporary indie in invoking suburbia, beaches, and garages, is quite singular. Real Estate do it well, consistently. I hesitate to call it unmistakeable, but perhaps just shy of it. I imagine if I walked into Other Music and there was a new Real Estate jam playing that I hadn’t heard, I’d recognize it instantly.
Days is out Oct. 20 on Domino on vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital. Hear the album now, courtesy of NPR. To commemorate the release, the band will play a free show Saturday, Oct. 15 at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens. More info here via Facebook. The show is 21+ and starts at 4pm. It looks like Real Estate is the only band playing.
*Real Estate is chill, but it is not chillwave, which I do not tolerate well.
Byrds of Paradise
Miracles of Modern Science
My Teenage Stride
Pillars and Tongues
The House Floor
The Poison Control Center