Atlas review – sun-kissed indie-rock with depth from Real Estate

(Domino)

With their sun-kissed melodies and chiming guitars, New Jersey's Real Estate attest to the notion that the best rock is often deceptively simple. On first listen, their third album sounds undercooked but dig deep and, gradually, the five-piece are revealed as a tranquil indie-rock outfit whose songs evoke the innocence of your early 20s while shot through with a sadness that imbues them with depth. There are traces of Galaxie 500, early REM and, on the jaunty Talking Backwards,Vampire Weekend, while frontman Martin Courtney is Ian Brown if he could sing. The highlight, though, is the instrumental April's Song, a pristine reimagining of psychedelia.

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