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Atlas by Real Estate
Released: Mar 2014
Label: Domino Recording Co
The line between pretty and boring is a difficult tightrope indeed -- just ask Beck. But you don't need to be a great interview to throw yourself into playing your axes, and third time's the charm for Matthew Mondanile, who opted to dispense with texture altogether and write folk-pop semi-tunes that finally honor The Feelies' The Good Earth, after all. The single "Talking Backwards" is predictably bright and sturdy compared to the rest, but how about the instrumental "April's Song"? On "Past Lives" they're even sexy. It helps that the bass sounds great.
Dan Weiss

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