Real Estate / Main Thing, The
Album: Main Thing, The   Collection:General
Artist:Real Estate   Added:Mar 2020
Label:Domino Recording Company  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2020-08-17 Pull Date: 2020-10-19

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 07, 2024: KZSU Time Traveler
4. Dec 09, 2021: Magnetized Toner (rebroadcast from Sep 3, 2020)
2. Sep 16, 2022: KZSU Time Traveler
5. Mar 11, 2021: Rebroadcast: Magnetized Toner
The Main Thing
3. Aug 12, 2022: KZSU Time Traveler
6. Sep 03, 2020: Magnetized Toner

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2020-07-18
“The Main Thing” Real Estate
New Jersey-based indie pop rock band’s 5th album. The usual warmth, jangle and familiar guitar tones — with added complexity and Real Estate’s meticulous attention to the final mix. All from a band that has become tighter-knit even as life has seen the members become more geographically dispersed. Their most ambitious album yet, and very well done.
— Francis

Recommended: 2, 1, 8, 11, 6, 5, 4, 12. FCC on Track 2 has been edited.

1. (4:57) Friday — Lush, swirling synth, with prominent bass line and strummy electric guitar. Smooth, seamless vocals from Martin Courtney. Slightly off-kilter beat. ****
2. (4:30) Paper Cup (feat. Sylvan Esso) (Radio Edit) — Opens with a synth cry. More jagged jangle over a guitar-laden, bongo-infused tune. Strings and synths give it a laid-back feeling. ****
3. (3:13) Gone — Moody, measured tempo. Bass out front, splashed with guitar to give the song a bit of a “cinematic scope,” according to the band.
4. (3:52) You — More of a jam band feeling to this one. Bass line switches back and forth. Nice guitar work throughout. Alex Bleeker on bass and vocals. ***
5. (2:22) November — Road song. Mid-tempo, fun, melodic tune. Layered, reverbed vocals. Rich keyboards. ***
6. (4:31) Falling Down — Chimey and breezy. Strings have a bit of a melancholy feeling. ***
7. (5:23) Also A But — Soft, smooth and flowing — mellow. Harpsichord-like chimes. Dreamy vocals. Prog-rock build-up toward the end.
8. (2:35) The Main Thing — Sharp and bright, up-tempo guitar-based pop. Repeating guitar signatures with snappy drums. Orchestral backing. Lively guitar solo in lead break. ****
9. (4:14) Shallow Sun — Intriguing guitar progressions. Busy bass line. High lilting “ooh – ooh” backing vocals. Strings in lead breaks.
10. (1:49) Sting — Instrumental. Piano-based with gently tapping rhythm track in the far background. Segues directly into next track.
11. (4:42) Silent World — Very catchy pop-rock. Strummed electric guitar, with slide guitar riffs, strings and warm lead vocals. ****
12. (3:31) Procession — Strummy and jangly, with a bit of a stop-and-go rhythm integrating bass and drums. **
13. (2:55) Brother — Instrumental. Strummed, slightly jazzy coda. Lots of reverb.

Track Listing
1. Friday   7. Also A But
2. Paper Cup (Feat. Sylvan Esso) (Radio Edit)   8. The Main Thing
3. Gone   9. Shallow Sun
4. You   10. Sting
5. November   11. Silent World
6. Falling Down   12. Procession
  13. Brother