- Opaque Violet Vinyl LP
Martin Courtney, the front man of indie rock mainstays Real
Estate, releases his second full-length solo album, ‘Magic Sign’, via Domino.
Written throughout 2020 and 2021, the album came together
late at night, while Courtney’s kids slept upstairs and his wife
worked overnight shifts at the hospital, a role reversal from his former days out on tour while she stayed home with their family.
Nostalgia is naturally woven into Courtney’s sensibility. “I was
singing about the good old days even on the first Real Estate
album,” he laughs, noting that the ‘old days’ were only two or
three years ago at that point. Courtney doesn’t spend the entire record looking back – many of these are his most present tense to date – but a youthful exuberance does propel it forward.
Courtney notes that he imagined the songs emerging in a post-pandemic world, providing a soundtrack for better days of relief and optimism.
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