Stream Ducktails’ St. Catherine
Photo by Giovanni Duca
For Fans Of: The War On Drugs, Mac DeMarco, Kurt Vile, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, DIIV
St. Catherine, the fifth full-length album under Matt Mondanile’s solo moniker Ducktails, is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range. You can now stream the entire new record early and free via Noisey here.
Ducktails will perform a special record release show this Friday, July 24th at The Getty in LA before heading out on a summer headlining North American tour that begins later this month. Find all dates here.
Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York. When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith’s classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine.
The Julia Holter-featuring “Church” and “Heaven’s Room,” see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channelling the likes of Broadcast and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility.
St. Catherine will be available on July 24th on CD, standard edition LP, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP, through the Domino Mart and digitally on iTunes.
St. Catherine Tracklisting:
1. The Disney Afternoon
2. Headbanging In The Mirror
3. Into The Sky
4. Heaven’s Room
5. St. Catherine
6. The Laughing Woman
7. Surreal Exposure
10. Krumme Lanke
“St. Catherine shows a far more delicate, subtle, polished version of his bedroom pop” –Consequence of Sound
“[Surreal Exposure] gently warms the ears like the sun on an early summer afternoon”– Spin [Singles Mix]
“[Surreal Exposure’s] catchy chorus will have you singing it until the rest of the album drops” – The Fader
“these punchy new songs [on St. Catherine] sound like the coalescing of Mondanile’s vision”– Stereogum