When Matthew Mondanile isn't playing guitar for indie rockers Real Estate, he's fronting Ducktails, an equally breezy project smeared in all the sweetly nostalgic sonics for which his other band is known. Ducktails' 2009 first album was like an instrumental outtake version of Real Estate's debut, which also came out that year. Both relied on a lo-fi filter that made us think of lazy summers smoking weed and eating pizza, with Mondanile's sunny guitar riffs at the centre.
On The Flower Lane, he finally distinguishes himself from his other band. The title track is a blend of soft rock hooks and psychedelic pop, fused by classic song structure - perhaps a result of working with a full band this time around. New wave, soul and house beats make this his most genre-bending album yet. At the end of day, though, if you're a fan of Real Estate, there's a good chance you'll like Ducktails, too.
Top track: Ivy Covered House