Ducktails is Matthew Mondanile's, guitarist of New Jersey underground band Real Estate, one-man side project. Comprising of woozy yet precise guitar parts and an exotic lo-fi sound, it could only be described as psychedelic rock, and it's hazy slow vibe could only be referred to as "hypnagogic". The album cover itself could prove this to you within one look, and tell you that in fact the record is for "chillin' out", and relaxing as best you can; and is best used for playing on your portable speakers when you're with your friends down by the lake.

As the basis of the music is lo-fi, Ducktails could be seen as extremely close to Real Estate's sunny surf pop, but yet it is different, as the set-up only uses synths, guitar and a drum machine. The success of the songs do not in fact lie in the hook department, but in fact in how brilliantly Mondanile uses harmony among the instruments to great effect; creating unusually pleasant and listenable textures. Potentially, one of the best examples of this is seen on track 'The Razor's Edge', where a dominant synth leads and strangely fixating distorted guitar is played throughout, or perhaps 'Sunset Liner' where relaxing vocals are blended with reverb-soaked guitar chords and a beautiful counterpoint.

'Art Vandeley' (note the Seinfeld reference) however, is obviously the stand-out track of the record, as it shows everything that is brilliant about Ducktails in just under four minutes. A lazy and catchy vocal hook leads this quietly confident track, which is all linked together by the slightly distorted bridge and counterpoint.

Animal Collective's Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) makes a brief appearance for the bonus track version of 'Killin' The Vibe', which is kept together by the beat of a kick drum and a gentle tambourine tap, mixed with their vocal duet to create intoxicating and infectious vibes, that would make you want to dance for as long as you could possibly bear to.

Ducktails is probably Matthew Mondanile's most experimental project, but this should in no way put you off. 'Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics' demonstrates the importance of lo-fi within independant music today, fuzing hazy and fuzzy guitars with drowzy fluctuations between guitar parts, played over a reverb-and-echo-fuelled melancholic keyboard, that could remind you of nothing else except the memories of your summer.

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