Following closely on the heels of Real Estate bandmates Matt Mondanile (Ducktails) and Alex Bleeker (Alex Bleeker & the Freaks), bandleader Martin Courtney steps forward with his own 2015 "side project," his first solo album. Not straying far from Real Estate's Atlas issued a year prior, Many Moons
is a mellow, psychedelic pop-flavored excursion through jangly guitars
and mellifluous reflection. Far from a one-man effort, it features
assistance from, among others, Real Estate keyboardist Matt Kallman, drummer Michael Stasiak of like-minded EZTV, and bassist (and EZTV/Ducktails/Alex Bleeker/Real Estate collaborator) Jarvis Taveniere, who produced the album. He brings a sharp, crisp sound to the fat, melodic guitar tones evoking the Beatles and Big Star, pensive vocals, and unshakably dreamy, nostalgic quality of Many Moons.
Speaking of dreamy, the record includes the trippy, still
sweet-sounding "Asleep," which features guitar, organ, and vocals by
lo-fi artist Julian Lynch in tandem with Courtney.
Like much of the album, the song struggles to feel the peace of its own
swathing, dulcet tones: "Rapid eye/It's so weird to be alive/At the
helm and overwhelmed." The album itself never gets contented, either.
The surprising and utterly endearing title track, for instance, is a
strings-enforced guitar instrumental featuring solo flute on a melody
that sounds straight out of 1967 San Francisco -- hard to believe but
harder to resist. Other highlights include the harmony- and chord-rich
"Vestiges" and mid-career Beatles-haunted "Northern Highway." The album is also notably peppered with sheerly beautiful guitar solos. All told, Many Moons is not only worthwhile for fans of Real Estate
and related projects, but for lovers of the honeyed melodies and genial jangle of the pleasantest of power pop.(allmusic.com)
Hello Folks, yesterday i was over at the wonderful 'Pop Fair' blog
and read about the coming Real Estate album and the solo album by
Martin Courtney ''Many Moons'' from 2015. I thought i could post that
wonderful album from Martin Courtney. It's a really marvelous album and
you should listen to it. You can buy it here