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Charting the Music: Real Estate, 'Atlas'

Charting the Music: Real Estate, 'Atlas' Shawn Brackbill
Written by Alex Berger

While Real Estate waxes lyrical about literal and figurative journeys, themes of nature also run throughout its latest release "Atlas."

Although it could be viewed as a continuation of the band's preceding release, "Days," Real Estate's new "Atlas" doesn't need to fix what ain't broke -- it's an easygoing approach that defines the album's pleasing surf-pop sound.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #1 Adult Album Alternative and #2 CMJ Top 30 for April 1, 2014.

Record label, release date and producer: "Atlas" was released on March 4, 2014, by Domino Records and Mexican Summer; it was produced by Tom Schick.

Can be heard on: Hindsight with Matt, Wax Lyrical with Caron and Coin-Operated Radio with Ryan.

RIYL: Beach House -- just replace dreams with salty waves.

Hometown: Ridgewood, N.J.

About the band: Guitarist Matt Mondanile also performs in the band Ducktails, while bassist Alex Bleeker leads the band Alex Bleer and the Freaks.

This producer: Producer Tom Schick started off his career by helping design projects for artists such as Paul McCartney and Sonic Youth.

This label: Mexican Summer also features bands such as Ariel Pink, The Fresh & Onlys and Quilt on its roster.

Play it while: Surfing with your waterproof iPod.

About the album art: The album art, designed by Rob Carmichael (who has created covers for Animal Collective, the Dirty Projectors, Beirut and more), pays homage to the North Jersey landmark "Alexander's Mural."

Did you know?: Real Estate recorded "Atlas" at Wilco's studio, the Loft.

What the critics say: Stereogum describes the tracks on the album as "quiet, expansive road-trip epics" an appropriate portrait considering many of the lyrics allude to travel, "too many miles" and foreign neighborhoods.

KDHX coverage: Blair Stiles reviewed the band's sold-out concert of late March, while Chris Ward included a track from the band's previous album, "Days," in his "Top 10 Tracks of 2011."

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