REAL ESTATE ‘DAYS’ AND OTHER NEW CD RECOMMENDATIONS

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In its own quiet, captivating way, Real Estate’s Days is a daring record. It’s one thing to try to stand out by being novel or radically obtuse; it’s another to make music that attempts to do something well that’s already been done exceptionally many times in the past, and not only aspire to the sounds of those records, but also the emotional resonance. The New Jersey indie-pop outfit fashioned ‘Days in the form of the Beach Boys’ Today, the Byrds’ Notorious Byrd Brothers, and The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World—all perfect autumnal guitar-pop records that radiate inarticulate loveliness and deep, coming-of-age melancholy. Real Estate set itself up to falter by comparison, but Days pulls off the impressive feat of earning that company.

It helps that singer-songwriter Martin Courtney isn’t merely concerned with evoking his record collection on Days. Songs like the ethereal “Green Aisles”—where Courtney sings about falling in love on a college campus, amid dormitories looking like “mountains of make-believe standing side by side”—have the feel of memories, with their blurred edges and strong-but-buried feelings.AV Club

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