Ducktails – “Wish Hotel [EP]”


Tag: Spotlight

Release date: 21 October 2013

Ducktails is the project of Matt Mondanile from Real Estate, who released five tracks of psych pop on the EP Wish Hotel. “Tie-Dye”‘s swirling electronic vibrato and “Naive Music”‘s synth line strangely remind me of soundtracks from Kirby Dream Land 3. It’s friendly and innocuous, if unrefined. Mondanile’s lo-fi, meandering vocals are analogous in delivery and production to Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo. There’s a considerable jazz influence, the track “Jazz” notwithstanding (it’s in 5/4, clever right?). Percussion focuses on snares and hi-hats (think Jimmy Cobb), which adds a coffee shop flavor to the casual, downtempo milieu. Electric guitars strum in a folk style as keyboards lead the melodies. There are just enough ideas to fill up the EP; I didn’t need anything more than what was offered. Go chill to it.

See track listing for Caffeine. Out through Domino Recording Co.

Play any! They’re all clean! Tracks with asterisks are Caffeine-appropriate.

Tie-Dye – (5:02)
*Honey Tiger Eyes – (3:24)
*Wish Hotel – (5:03)
*Jazz – (3:34)
*Naïve Music – (3:15)

RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Air, of Montreal, lattés

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