SINCE its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, the hunt for high quality guitar-led indie pop has yielded ever diminishing returns.
Americans Real Estate, whose album Atlas was one of 2014’s highlights, are one of the few acts around today who plough the same furrow as did Teenage Fanclub, The Sundays and many others back in the last century.
Ducktails is a side project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, and fans of the band’s melodic, simplistic tunesmithery will feel right at home with St Catherine.
Mondanile adds enough to the mix to give his band a character all of their own – Heaven’s Room incorporates enough strings to engender a new genre of indie-classical, and the churchy organ which peppers the album works a treat – but the most important thing about St Catherine is its hallmark of absolute quality
If you like your music to dominate a room and scream “I’M HERE! LOOK AT ME!” then you’d be well advised to move on, thank-you. There’s nothing to concern you here. Much of St Catherine is so laid back it’s on the floor.
If, however, you’re partial to jangly, semi-orchestral loveliness then give St Catherine a try. You might just fall in love with it.
Like this? Try these: Beck, Morning Phase; Teenage Fanclub, Songs from Northern Britain
By Andrew Greenhalgh