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Ducktails - The Flower Lane
Released: 28/01/2013 DominoAs with his last Ducktails record, 2011’s Arcade Dynamics, Matt Mondanile continues to leave behind the sprawling (often instrumental) sunkissed jams of his early records in favour of the never-out-of-fashion three-minute pop song. Fortunately, he’s an effortless aptitude for that too; The Flower Lane features ten of them, including synthpop gem ‘Letter of Intent’. For more information visit: http://www.dominorecordco.com/artists/ducktails/ Buy: http://dominorecordco.com/mart/artists/ducktails/
Pitchfork“Unfortunately, a familiar emptiness remains...” Nothing here lingers, and after a while Mondanile's attachment to the pleasantly ephemeral starts to feel like a dodge...
The Line of Best Fit“Things drift into overly similar, repetitive territory...” A glowing ember of a record that shares much of the spark of Mondanile’s “day job” band, but also a little of their occasional tendency toward stylistic appropriation over dedication to content and originality...
Clash Music“The broad brush strokes of nostalgia rarely wilt...” Sounding not especially unlike said fabulous Real Estate album, there are hints of The Go-Betweens’ superlative intelligent pop running through ‘The Flower Lane’, with its relentlessly breezy Eighties-guitar sound...
BBC“A work of insidious beauty...” Sounds like an album that its contributors had a good time making. Its pace is predominantly gentle, its music full, sunny and generally unabrasive...
The Independent“There's half a great album in here...” There's a modicum of standard Teenage-Fanclub-meets-Mekons indie jangle. Far more interesting, however, are the dreamy, dazed disco tunes, reminiscent of the Avalanches and Prefab Sprout circa Steve McQueen...
allmusic“A game changer...” The amount of growth is staggering, and moving from the hazy-headed territory of older Ducktails to songwriting this polished and still pulling it off speaks volumes for the purity of the project's development...
Guardian“The divide in styles is the problem...” more of a band effort than heretofore, but that hasn't restrained Mondanile, who seems to have wanted to divide The Flower Line between gentle psychedelic pop and wine-bar funk-pop...
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