Ducktails is the solo project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, and his brand new album, St. Catherine, is available for free streaming above. His home label Domino Records writes: “St. Catherine is the fifth full-length under his solo moniker, is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.”
“Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York. When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith’s classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine.”
“The Julia Holter-featuring ‘Church’ and ‘Heaven’s Room,’ see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channelling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility.” St. Catherine will be available on July 24th on CD, standard edition LP, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP. You can grab your own copy on iTunes, follow Ducktails on Facebook, follow Matt on Twitter, and visit Ducktails.org.