Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney has never been the strongest vocalist, but he has a way with glorious heartfelt melodies and deceptively textured compositions, both of which abound on Real Estate’s third LP ‘Atlas’.
These 10 tracks comprise gorgeously dreamy arrangements, laden with nostalgia and longing. While the production is crisper than on previous albums, the ambience is still one of wistful contemplation.
Thematic concerns pivot on notions of the passage of time and feelings of alienation, perfectly encapsulated on album highlight ‘Past Lives’.
These New Jersey musicians show no signs of ending their upward trajectory: ‘Atlas’ is full of seemingly effortless, ageless, guitar-driven songcraft.
Words: Benji Taylor