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Ducktails: St. Catherine (Domino, 2015)

DUCKTAILS, St. Catherine

Mucho más que el proyecto paralelo de Real Estate, Ducktails se confirmaron el año pasado como una de las bandas alternativas que mejor expresión le dan al nuevo Dreamgaze. Cortes como Headbanging in the mirror, Disney afternoon, Into the sky, St. Catherine, The laughing woman… les confirman como una de las bandas con más expectativas de los últimos tiempos. Matt Mondanile continúa dando pasos firmes en busca de la belleza.

Ducktails Summer Tour:

Thu-Jun-23 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Fri-Jul-08 Seattle, WA Barboza
Sat-Jul-09 Vancouver, BC Cobalt
Sun-Jul-10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Tue-Jul-12 Oakland, CA Starline Social
Wed-Jul-13 Felton, CA Don Quixote’s
Thu-Jul-14 San Francisco, CA Nightlife @ CAS
Fri-Jul-15 Los Angeles, CA Highland Park Ebell
Sat-Jul-16 San Diego, CA The Hideout
Sun-Jul-17 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

“Having shaken the once-fashionable lo-fi aesthetic that marked the project’s early work, Ducktails found its surest footing with 2013’s more varied The Flower Lane. But if that album found him expanding the Ducktails sound, fifth album St. Catherine finds Mondanile cautiously shuffling his way back into his comfort zone, churning out the kind of pretty, melancholic daydreamers he cut his teeth on. It’s hard to fault Mondanile for going back to basics, especially considering that he’s still one of the most unassuming but instantly recognizable guitar players in his respective orbit, and both his knack for cozy melodies and skills as an arranger are intact. But there’s a feeling of trepidation that hangs over the record as it favors familiarity over all else.
Fortunately, Rob Schnapf, who co-produced Elliot Smith’s Either/Orand XO, helped Mondanile get St. Catherine across the finish line. It’s an appealingly clean sounding piece of work with serious attention to detail, from the simple but perfectly EQ’d drums to brightly-lit acoustic guitars to those swooning string arrangements. The sound is there, but the songs on St. Catherine don’t have the substance to match. Having Julia Holter guest on “Church” is a good look, as her voice lends a needed extra dimension to Mondanile’s wiggy compositions, but even her contribution just kind of floats on by. This is Ducktails’ most discriminating and tasteful album, but the project is at its best when there’s a certain amount of exploration even within its narrow parameters” (Pitchfork)

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10 mayo, 2016 - Posted by | Ducktails

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