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Ducktails

About Ducktails

Ducktails is an American psychedelic pop band from New Jersey that began in 2006 as the solo recording project of Matt Mondanile (also of Real Estate). Mondanile started Ducktails in a tool shed in Northampton, Massachusetts the summer before his last year at Hampshire College.

the band's music has been described as "hypnagogic pop", "woozy, horizontal pop", "lo-fi", and "chillwave". Early recordings were freeform jams, once described as "bizarre, krautrock-influenced sound collages", but later material has more conventional song structures, more akin to his work in Real Estate. Jason Lymangrover, revewing Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics for Allmusic, described Ducktails releases as having "a sketchpad feel to them", and the album was described as "a typically giddy blend of psych, drone, summer jams, tropical riffs and hazy vocalisms" in The List. Liz Pelly, reviewing The Flower Lane for the Providence Phoenix described his earlier work as "collaged pop ideas with kaleidoscopic filters and home-recorded hiss".

In a 2009 interview, Mondanile described his live performances as "improvised and more like drone music". He explained his preference for recording on cassette: "I like the idea of everything being as raw-sounding as possible, with nothing covering up the sound. It's like the only thing covering it up might be the quality of the recording".

LMFM Says: 
Ducktails shows the immense melodies of Real Estate and then the additoinal Matt Mondanile touches that give this music a more immediate and brooding sound to it. Get on board!

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