My review of the beach/pool/lake-obsessed ST from Real Estate ran today at Blurt…one of lo-fi’s gentler, sweeter constituents making the laid back album of 2009’s late fall. I said:
Martin Courtney's Real Estate is the latest in a string of soft-focus, lo-fi bands that filter the late 00s fascination with fuzz through a bucolic lens. Like Woods and Ganglians, Real Estate aims for eerie beauty, rather than ear-splitting volume, but unlike them, the inspiration is the water. Six of ten songs on this debut album reference various swimming venues - beaches, pools, rivers and lakes. But more remarkably, the sound itself has a watery sheen, as sweet slippery currents of reverbed guitar course over distant water-fogged fragments of melody. There is a sense of floating on cool, gently rocking waves, of summer's idle reveries if not its heat and excitement.