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Ducktails - 'Wish Hotel' EP

A record that owes as much to '60s rockers The Moody Blues as it does college-rock, there lacks a sense of urgency

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  • Release Date 21 Oct, 2013
  • Record Label Domino
  • Ducktails - 'Wish Hotel' EP
5 / 10
This EP of hazy psychedelic pop is the second Ducktails release this year from Matt Mondanile of American indie-rockers Real Estate. Like previous Ducktails outings it’s a record that owes as much to ‘60s rockers The Moody Blues as it does college-rock, with the title track sounding like a too-stoned Pavement, ‘Jazz’ resonating with krautrock ambitions and ‘Tie Dye’ lost somewhere in between. Initially a side-project that began in Mondanile’s folks’ basement, Ducktails have been labeled ‘chillwave’ and ‘hypnagogic pop’ due to their naval-gazing appeal. Sadly that appeal is lacking from this release, as is any sense of urgency, leaving ‘Wish Hotel’ languishing in the middle of nowhere.

Huw Nesbitt

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