Album Review

Real Estate, 'Real Estate'

January 4, 2010

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The changing of the seasons is in the air on New Jersey quartet Real Estate’s debut album, from “Beach Comber’’ all the way to “Snow Days.’’ Summer is dazzlingly fleeting, and Real Estate, led by lead singer Martin Courtney - is concerned less with its pleasures than with the sensation of its slipping through our fingers. The music, accordingly, is languorous and minor-key, the guitar work of Matt Mondanile chiming and tuneful in the manner of the Strokes. Nostalgia is carried along by the wind, along with the smell of salt water and hot pretzels: “Carry me back to sweet Jersey, back where I long to be,’’ Courtney keens, his longing as powerful as his singing is restrained. “Real Estate’’ is not so much the soundtrack of the summer as of its aftermath. By its end, summer has given way to “February down by the shore,’’ where the narrator watches someone - a lost love? - “walk so slowly/ Under the pull of this high tide.’’ But the album spins around and around, and we know that summer will come around once more. (Out now) SAUL AUSTERLITZ

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