Real Estate (album)

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Real Estate
Studio album by Real Estate
Released November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
Recorded 2008-2009
Studio Rear House
(Brooklyn, New York),
Yeah Buddy HQ
(Glen Rock, New Jersey)
Length 39:14
Label Woodsist
Producer Real Estate
Real Estate chronology
Real Estate
Reality (EP)
(2009)Reality (EP)2009

Real Estate is the debut album by American indie rock band Real Estate, released on November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17) on Woodsist.[1]


Future Real Estate founders Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker had already played music together in various permutations as students at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. While studying in different colleges, they kept in touch and would send each other songs that they had worked on individually. Courtney's demos were impressive enough to inspire them to form another band after graduating and returning home to Ridgewood in 2008. They were joined on drums by Etienne Pierre Duguay, who had formed a band called Predator Vision with Mondanile in Northampton and also played with Mondanile, Courtney and Bleeker as the backing band for Julian Lynch. The quartet jammed in the basement of Courtney's parents' house, and when Bleeker moved to Philadelphia, the other three continued working on music. Eventually Bleeker returned, and after playing guitar since high school, he was asked to play bass to make it easier to sing for Courtney, who had played bass throughout high school and had recently picked up guitar to write songs.[2]


Most of Real Estate's debut album was recorded from January until June 2009 at Yeah Buddy HQ in Glen Rock, New Jersey, a studio operated by the band's childhood friend Sarim "Sam" Al-Rawi. "Suburban Dogs" was recorded at Courtney's mother's house, while "Fake Blues" was recorded at Courtney's apartment.[3]


The artwork for the album comes from Italian architect Paolo Soleri's model for his 'Hexahedron City', from his 1969 book Arcology: The City in the Image of Man published by the MIT Press. The book details Soleri's architectural concept arcology, a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10) link
Popmatters (9/10) link
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars link

Real Estate received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[6] Pitchfork Media labeled it "Best New Music".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Martin Courtney, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beach Comber"   4:29
2. "Pool Swimmers"   3:16
3. "Suburban Dogs"   4:36
4. "Black Lake"   3:30
5. "Atlantic City" Matthew Mondanile 1:50
6. "Fake Blues"   3:41
7. "Green River"   2:40
8. "Suburban Beverage"   6:10
9. "Let's Rock the Beach" Mondanile 4:42
10. "Snow Days"   4:23
Total length: 39:14


  • Martin Courtney – vocals (except tracks 5 and 9), guitar, bass (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8), drums (tracks 4 and 8), percussion (track 7)
  • Matthew Mondanile – guitar (except tracks 4, 6, 7, 10), SK-5 (tracks 2 and 3)
  • Alex Bleeker – bass (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10), percussion (track 5)
  • Etienne Pierre Duguay – drums (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10), bongos (track 2)


  1. ^ New Music From Real Estate, My Brightest Diamond, Harold O’Neal. The New York Times. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ Greenhaus, Mike (5 April 2012). "Real Estate's Wonder Years". Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Miller, Michael E. (16 November 2009). "Interview: Real Estate Frontman Martin Courtney on Touring with Girls, the Romance of the Suburbs, and Selling His Grandmother's House". Village Voice. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Arcology - City in the Image of Man. MIT Press. Arcosanti. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Critic Reviews for Real Estate by Real Estate". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Real Estate – Real Estate". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 13, 2015.