Ducktails - Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Ducktails is the alias of Matthew Mondanile who also moonlights as guitarist for Real Estate and, under this guise, he makes fuzzy folk jams and weirdo pop. Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics is very much of the lo-fi variety, incorporating muffled drum machines and hazy guitars and vocals to often enchanting effect, especially on tracks like the retro sounding ‘Hamilton Road’ and the sunny ‘Killin’ The Vibe’. Punctuating these guitar-led tracks are little bursts of analogue experimentation such as the very Cluster-sounding ‘The Razor’s Edge’ and the ten-minute closer ‘Porch Protection’ which takes delicately picked guitars, loops them and then pours spacey effects over the top until it takes on a strange, hypnotic beauty. This may not be revolutionary stuff, but its haphazard charm will most definitely put a smile on your face and really, what more could you want from an album?