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The Flower Lane

DucktailsVinyl
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  • Vinyl (January 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00AK77ZHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ivy Covered House
2. The Flower Lane
3. Under Cover
4. Timothy Shy
5. Planet Phrom
6. Assistant Director
7. Sedan Magic
8. International Date Line
9. Letter Of Intent
10. Academy Avenue

Editorial Reviews

Ducktails, is the increasingly less solo endeavor of Matt Mondanile [guitarist from Real Estate]. The Flower Lane, is the project's fourth album. Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2012 with Al Carlson [Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never] and includes contributions from members of Big Troubles, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford + Lopatin, Real Estate & Cults. Includes a stunning cover of Clean/Chills member Peter Gutteridge's "Planet Phrom."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and hazy January 30, 2013
Format:Audio CD
As `Ivy Covered House' -opening track on Ducktails The Flower Lane- starts up you think you're hearing a b-side from Real Estate's Days. Shimmering guitars, clean, nuanced vocals, and an overall stoned ambivalence pervades this lazy and breezy track. You wonder how a band could get away with lifting so openly from another band, then you remember this is Matt Mondanile. Mondanile is the same guy making all those shimmery and jangly guitar noises on Real Estate records, so the similarities make perfect sense. After `Ivy Covered House' ends and the title track begins all bets are off. There's still that shimmery guitar thing happening, yet there's a darker vibe. Electric pianos and keys play heavily on this song, giving it a 70s vibe, like a cross between Atlanta Rhythm Section and Nick Drake. Think about that for a bit. `Under Cover' is a sexy and funky jam that should've been playing at some high school dance in Hackensack, New Jersey back in 1978. All hot pants and awkward dance moves. Matt Mondanile has gone for a bigger, tighter, and more inviting sound on his fourth full-length record as Ducktails.

The Flower Lane lies heavily in that 70s AM vibe. I hate using a term like `soft rock', it sounds so emasculating. So I'll use a different term. Something like hazy pop, or corduroy rock. I don't know. Ducktails brings up the image of kids riding their banana-seated Schwinn bikes wearing their Osh Kosh corduroy jeans down to the corner store and emptying their pockets of quarters playing Pac-Man, Tron, and Donkey Kong. Then with what money they have left they grab a couple Mountain Dews and some Ring Pops and head back home in time to watch Transformers(the cartoon, not the movie). It's a retro sound kids of the 80s can relate to.
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While Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile's previous work under the name Ducktails were solo efforts with a lo-fi bedroom sound, 'Flower Lane' was recorded with a full band, with lush instrumentation and fluid melodies making for a very dreamy, and at times extremely psychedelic, listening experience. The true beauty of this album took a few listens to reveal itself to me, and I'm glad I decided to give it another go after my brief, somewhat underwhelming listening experience while streaming these tracks last week.

Upon first blush, the songs here seem like your standard laid-back dream-pop, only with more heartfelt and sincere lyrics than most. However, after my initial sampling, I noticed that I couldn't get certain songs out of my head. I finally gave the album a couple more thorough listens, uncovering elements I hadn't previously noticed, such as intertwining melodies and tripped-out background atmospherics that, when combined with the nostalgia-laced lyrics and overall contemplative, warm-yet-melancholy vibe, made for an excellent late-night headphone journey last night.

Highlights for me include the blissful, catchy jangle-pop of "Ivy Covered House" as well as "Letter of Intent," which features ethereal guest vocals from Jessa Farkas over a hypnotic beat and swirling synths that have been stuck in my head for days now. My favorite, though, is "Under Cover," which has an almost "smooth jazz" vibe that wouldn't have been out of place on an 80's Roxy Music album, only dreamier, due to excellent noodling jazz guitar weaving in and out of the main groove. It even features a mini sax solo, which only adds to the 80's vibe, but not in a cheesy way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album! January 4, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I discovered these guys on Spotify and eventually decided to buy their album. It's a great album to chill out to, just a great sound. Almost every song is a winner, no skipping around.
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