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Probably the biggest news item surrounding In Mind, the fourth LP from sauntering daydreamers Real Estate, was the exit of founding member and lead guitarist Matt Mondanile, who left to focus on his solo project, Ducktails. Another Ridgewood, New Jersey native, Julian Lynch, stepped in, himself a veteran collaborator of member projects including Real Estate, Ducktails, and Alex Bleeker & the Freaks. It's hard to imagine a smoother transition on the beachside sunset of an album that is In Mind. The group sets the stage with the elegant, serpentine jangle of opener "Darling." With a mix that allows ears to pick out unobtrusive synths and individual guitar tones, separately as well as together, it has a hypnotic quality that's active rather than passive. That quality is only reinforced by mixed meters that throw off the feel, just a little, before falling back in line for those tapping out 4/4 time -- like riding out a wave. Meanwhile, Martin Courtney's vocal line, always calm and cottony in character, is only one of many overlaid melodies, including the bassline, as he sings of finches and ferns waiting "for the warm sun to return, impatiently, as I wait for you." Listeners are the ones on the receiving end of those evasive rays by virtue of the vocal delivery, guitar tones, imagery, extended chords, and languid melodies, ever simpatico. Those traits hold throughout the album, maintaining a sunny humidity without getting sleepy. Along with producer Cole M.G.N. (Beck, Julia Holter), Real Estate seems to both fine-tune and expand an already identifiable sound on In Mind, with engaging and often beautiful results. "A strong current will sweep you downstream/It would be best not to resist." ~ Marcy Donelson, allmusic.com
Knockin' on Heaven's Door ...
Goodbye to the Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield...
Mose Allison 1927-2016
Leon Russell 1942-2016
Buckwheat Zydeco 1947-2016
Let the Good Times Roll...wherever you are!
Adiós Juan Gabriel
Alan Vega 1938-2016
Keep it funky Bernie Worrell, wherever you are.
O Death...has come for Ralph Stanley.
I'll never get over it.