Real Estate may hail from the Garden State, but these local guys are a far cry from Pauly D. and the rest of The Jersey Shore crew, that's for sure. Instead of thumping late-night jams, we get more of a washed-out, lazy-day-at-the-beach vibe from the trio's brand of easy psych pop...which is a good thing, if you ask us.
They first won critical acclaim for their '09 debut album, and now they're back for round two with Days, out next week. You can expect more of the group's hazy musical sensibility and sleepy melodies from tracks like "It's Real" and "Wonder Years," but with a more evolved, mellow sound that we're betting has a bit to do with recording the album in wintery upstate New York rather than the beach.
It's a little like what we'd expect if Surfer Blood and The Walkmen went on vacation to the East Coast together, and just blissed out for a few days, and we couldn't be happier with the relaxed result. Road trip, anyone? --LIZA DARWIN