The Real Estate’s latest offering is so subtle, so unassuming it easily slips into pleasant background humming. But while its pastel hues operate prettily as a backdrop to driving or smiling, I’d recommend turning up the volume and zooming in.
Sophomore release ‘Days’, following 2009′s acclaimed self-titled debut, sees The Real Estate quite literally easing into beauty. The crux, and seeming vitality of The Real Estate seems to be just that: Ease. The melodic and lyrical imagery of ‘Days’ is submerged in simple, crisp beauty. At its best, as on mesmerizing outro ‘All the same’, The Real Estate resemble early Tortoise channeled through modern Folk – cyclical meanderings swell with new aural details as the 7-minute stroll progresses and resolves, stretching lazily, like a content feline. ’Days’ is pleasant stuff. With a capital ‘P’, and rendered in a mysterious, vaguely exotic font.