The Beautiful Swamps of New Jersey

Over the course of three albums, New Jersey’s Real Estate have captured the somber pop of Death Cab For Cutie without throwing a noose around your neck.  Atlas highlights the bands expansion from a trio to a five piece.   It fleshes out their spit-polished jangle, giving front man Martin Courtney a chance to dig deeper lyrically; harnessing both the frailty of Band of Horses and the nerdy bombast of Built To Spill.  Not an easy task.

Atlas sounds like a Sunday at home, complete with a few chapters in a good book and some unannounced day sex.  The sort of twenty four hours that come when you need a battery charge.  And there’s nothing wrong with that type of love.  Grab your dark rimmed glasses, Wall Street Journal, and a coffee…then press play.  Embrace it.


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