By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly
Rock out with the false spring sounds of Ducktails, today's New Music Monday featured artist. Ducktails* is a side project of Matthew Mondanile, guitarist for New Jersey indie rock outfit Real Estate. However, it's not rightly a solo effort anymore â€” while Modanile's first few releases were mostly boy-and-his-guitar affairs, over the years the songwriter has recruited numerous guest musicians from such notable bands as Cults, Future Shuttle, and Panda Bear to add their mojo to his mix. The result is lush, ear-candy rock and roll, perfect for early-spring sunny days. Ducktails' newest album The Flower Lane, released late last month, was met with rave reviews â€” including this one from Pitchfork's Steven Hyden:
The title tracks cuts the blurry, VHS tape-quality of past Ducktails efforts with a rainy day Steely Dan electric piano lick that clarifies and underlines the song's gently serrated hook. The lysergic pop of "Timothy Shy" culminates with a fiery guitar solo that burns through Mondanile's normally narcotized faÃ§ade. Taken together, these subtle yet unmistakable upgrades to Ducktails' gauzy instrumentation immediately command attentionListen to "Hamilton Road," "Apple Walk," and "Letter of Intent (Feat. Jessa Farkas)." Quite chill, right? *We'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that if you are of a certain age, it's highly likely that, upon reading the name of today's artist, you inwardly went "Ducktales, WOO-ooh!"