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Real Estate guitarist steps out with a sweet, sleepy solo LP

Ducktails

Rob Kulisek

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In his main gig as Real Estate’s guitarist, Matthew Mondanile helps provide the warm melodic hooks that drive the band’s suburban bliss. Mondanile’s side project, Ducktails, has typically offered him space to explore more abstract guitar moods, but his latest album refines that sprawl with more concise songwriting. A prime example is “Surreal Exposure,” whose twangy guitar and lovesick tone could easily have found a home on one of Real Estate’s breakthrough LPs. Even so, Mondanile doesn’t simply reproduce the dynamic of his main band: A pair of drowsy instrumentals and three songs featuring vocals from arty composer Julia Holter add to a pleasantly diffuse vibe that’s all his own.

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