Saturday 23 February 2013

Ducktails - Letter Of Intent

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If you've been asleep at the back, let us just remind you that Ducktails is the project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanial and following a few low-key releases he's just put out his new album through Domino Records. It's called 'The Flower Lane' and was released at the end of January. Far from being a solo effort, his latest release is his most collaborative so far. If we simply take new single 'Letter Of Intent' alone we get guest appearances from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin) on bass, synths by Daniel Lopatin (Ford & Lopatin and Oneohtrix Point Never) and vocals by Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle) and Ian Drennan (Big Troubles). He's not short of mates in the music world.

We all know now that almost everybody from the New York area is in a band (Ducktails is from New Jersey) and we now know, thanks to this Big Apple-filmed video that everyone who isn't in a band goes jogging. A lot. If you have the album then you'll already know that 'Letter Of Intent' is 80s-inspired alt-pop with a slight alternative side to it and woozy overtones thanks to the subtle synths and the soft vocals that drive the song, very little is left instrumental aside from a (possibly) guitar solo. If you don't have the album already then we've just told you what the song sounds like. It's easier to have a gander at the video instead though.

Buy the album

Catch him live:

3/06/13 @ Strange Matter - Richmond, VA      
3/07/13 @ King's Barcade - Raleigh, NC
3/08/13 @ Savannah Stopover Festival - Savannah, GA
3/09/13 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA
3/10/13 @ Lamar Lounge - Oxford, MS      
3/12/13 @ Walter's on Washington - Houston, TX      
3/17/13 @ Spillover Fest - Dallas, TX
3/20/13 @ The Void - San Diego, CA
3/21/13 @ The Echo - Los Angeles, CA    
3/22/13 @ The Chapel - San Francisco, CA  
3/24/13 @ Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
3/26/13 @ Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC
3/27/13 @ Barboza - Seattle, WA
3/30/13 @ Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
3/31/13 @  University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
4/01/13 @ Mission Creek Festival @ The Mill - Iowa City, IA
4/02/13 @ Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
4/03/13 @ Garrison - Toronto, ON  
4/04/13 @ II Motore - Montreal, QC
4/05/13 @ Brandeis University - Boston, MA

3/7 -3/9 with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
3/20 - 3/27 with Mark McGuire
3/21 also with Merchandise and Wet Hair
3/26-4/5 with Monopoly Child Star Searchers

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