Real Estate debuted their new single “Talking Backwards” last week. They stopped by WNYC to perform that song and two more from Atlas “The Bend” and “April’s Song:”
Real Estate’s summery brand of indie pop draws its warmth from the veins of Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell; the melodies are crisp, the guitars shimmering and Martin Courtney’s lyrics are evocative. Since its last record, 2011’s Days, the original trio — Courtney, Matt Mondanile, and Alex Bleeker — has now expanded to a quintet, adding new full-time members Jackson Pollis on drums and Matt Kallman on keyboard. And after touring extensively on Days, Real Estate stopped off at Wilco’s Chicago studio The Loft last summer and fall to tease out a new batch of tunes with producer Tom Schick. Recorded in just two weeks, the result is Atlas, which is set to drop in March.