Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Released in 2011
Reviewed January 12 2013
It turns out that Ducktails is the solo project of guitarist Matthew Mondanile from Real Estate, a band making nice sounding music that despite all its correctness and describability still doesn't stick in my mind for longer than it lasts.
A solo project is of course supposed to have slightly more edge than its mother band, and here it comes in the form of subtle synthetic textures. Add to that a general sense of detachment and solitude, and Kurt Vile's telephone-in-a-shoebox vocal production. Sure, it's very nice. I just can't recall a single minute of it. No offense.