Record Review - Real Estate: Real Estate


Real Estate is the latest of the delightfully fey and arty indie-rock darlings to charm the pants off of the blog world — and with good reason. The self-titled, debut full-length from these New Jersey newcomers is rife with instant nostalgia that colors the wilting melodies of such songs as “Pool Swimmers,” “Atlantic City” and the album’s lead number, “Beach Comber.” From beginning to end, the album swells with a languid pace, loose arrangements, and the kind of muffled silence that fills the blanks between each billowing guitar string and low-fi, lyrical echo. The über-easy listening experience is arresting but requires some patience. Or maybe a handful of Klonopin. Either way, it’s a pleasant ride. 4 stars out of 5