New Music: Ducktails – Letter Of Intent

Matt Mondanile of Ducktails.

Matt Mondanile of Ducktails.

I first knew of Matt Mondanile via the stellar group Real Estate, and with additional research I discovered the New Jersey native’s solo efforts under the moniker Ducktails. His first few albums were similarly awash in the lo-fi suburban jangle pop of Real Estate, but for his upcoming Ducktails album, The Flower Lane, Mondanile’s striking down a much different path.

I was taken back after hearing “Letter Of Intent” as it sounded like something you’d hear on the Italians Do It Better label, something I never thought I’d say about his work. It’s supremely lush and sexy as all hell, with vocal help from Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle). The track’s a total jam, and a shocking and impressive turn in his career. Mondanile’s gone out of the bedroom and into the Studio with the help of like-minded but sonically different colleagues, most notably Producer Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never), whose fingerprints are all over “Letter Of Intent”. The result is just as beautiful and pop-minded as his previous work, but less alone, and very 2013.

The Flower Lane is due out 01/28/13 via the Domino Recording Co. and can be bought here.

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