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Ducktails - 'The Flower Lane'

‘The Flower Lane’ sounds a lot like Real Estate's ‘Days’

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It’s a touch unfortunate for New Jersey musician Matthew Mondanile that his latest album as Ducktails arrives almost exactly a year after ‘Days’, the last record his other band, Real Estate, put out. ‘The Flower Lane’ sounds a lot like it, but is nowhere near as good. He can be a compelling guitarist, and the Byrds-y/Marr-y squiggles on ‘Ivy Covered House’ deliver a Shins-esque guitar wash. From there on in, though, it’s ploddingly lightweight. Mondanile has said that this album is a collaborative effort, but the lack of emotional engagement (and fun) suggests a bunch of friends who don’t actually like hanging out together.
Jamie Fullerton
5 / 10

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