Ducktails: Hamilton Road
Although Matthew Mondanile makes chilled out relaxing tunes, the dude is anything but lazy. Not only does Mondanile play guitar for psychedelic beach combers Real Estate, he also fronts his own solo project Ducktails in which he takes a more ambient spin on the beach music sound. Under Ducktails, Mondanile has already released two albums, a self-titled one in May 2009 followed a few months later by Landscapes. January 18th will seen the release of his third album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics just in time to help us get through the remainder of the winter.
Track 2′s Hamilton Road has the distinct calming, slightly warped out guitar hooks that Mondanile is known for on Real Estate. The song takes a departure from the more experimental sounds heard on tracks like The Mall from Ducktails’ first release and builds more from the pop accessibility hinted at on Landscapes. Mondanile’s lyrics follow the vein of childhood nostalgia, painting images of afternoons spent in treehouses and on the shoreline. A steady backing drumbeat brings the song uptempo, but the swirling, distorted notes of the guitar stay as the focal point. Hamilton Road proves itself as the track to but on when you want to feel the sleepy warmth of a June day on your face. Ducktails will be undergoing a tour with Woods in February along the East Coast (dates to come).
By: Stephanie Glass