Next week, Real Estate will release their highly anticipated new album, Atlas, the follow up to 2011's critically-acclaimed Days. We've heard beautiful, sunny singles like "Talking Backwards" and "Crime," and now the entire album is streaming on iTunes.
It's easy to say that all Real Estate albums sound similar. Much like the National, they are definitely a band who iterate, slowly shaping their sound and avoid sudden left-turns. You'll be excused if you don't immediately hear what Real Estate switch up from album to album, so here's an excerpt from bandleader Martin Courtney's interview in Grantland.
“Pretty much every take on the record is a full live take — like guitar, bass, drums, all playing together in a room. That was a big part of it for us, trying to capture that feeling. . . With Days, it was like we did it piecemeal and so for my rhythm guitar parts, I was sitting there in the control room playing a guitar with headphones on, just trying to play it as perfect as possible, trying to get every little arpeggio right. With this record, I wasn’t really focusing on that as much, and I think it comes through in a way that it’s less rigid. It feels a little more organic, I guess.”