The Brooklyn quartet Real Estate specialize in hazy, summery psych-pop with shaggy low-fi charm and bright loping melodies. It's very relaxed and laid-back, but never unfocused or directionless. And unlike many of their shoegazer-influenced peers, Real Estate don't get mired in sticky atmospheric cotton candy. The pretty melodies on their second album, Days, lap at your feet like breakers, luring you into the surf. Once you're soaking in it, their craftsmanship becomes even more apparent. Songs leap out, like the jangly "Out of Tune" and the reflective "Wonder Years," with its harmonic echoes of the Zombies crashing over watery ripples of reverb. The record's best track, "Green Aisles," meditates on their past two years. "All those wasted miles, all those aimless drives" have brought them to a very special place indeed. — Chris Parker
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