There are bands that can seemingly tour Europe with no more than a mention on pitchfork and a self released cassette behind them. And then there is Ducktails. The solo work of Matt Mondenile, it is this autumn that sees the debut UK outing of the project, despite producing one of the sleeper hits of last year with ‘Landscapes’, and having records out on the ultra-trendy label Not Not Fun.
There is every chance that you may have seen Matt on British shores before however, as he helps craft the surf-rock, genre setting tones of Real Estate. Alone, his work retains some of the tropical influences that lurk at the edges of his more recognised day job, and there’s still the ghost of lo-fi overlooking proceedings, ensuring that the minimalist melodies are always warm, but rarely crisp. However, where once surf was the main influence, Ducktails is more centred on the psychedelic, the meandering instrumentals given room to breathe as they tunefully meandering. It’s the aural equivalent to a Magic Eye, with the picture lurking behind the multi-coloured patterns invariably something awesome like a whale fighting a bear, or two eagles high-fiving.
For what is seemingly Matt’s first Manchester show alone, he’s got an incredible weight of expectation on his shoulders, needing to maintain iiicecapades current record of not doing anything that has fallen short of brilliant. The chances are that his gig on Wednesday 23rd September in Northern Quarter Trof’s upstairs room will see that 100% record maintained. There’s an upcoming LP on woodsist to look forward to as well, and the track made available from it thus far make Autumn look like a lot brighter prospect:
Ducktails – Hamilton Road [download from pitchfork]
£6 adv/£7 door