Ducktails / Wish Hotel
Album: Wish Hotel   Collection:General
Artist:Ducktails   Added:Jan 2014

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-01-17 Pull Date: 2014-03-21
Week Ending: Mar 23 Mar 16 Mar 9 Mar 2 Feb 23 Feb 16 Feb 2 Jan 26
Airplays: 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 25, 2014: Grooving with DJ Gu
Tie-Dye, Honey Tiger Eyes
4. Mar 11, 2014: Grooving with DJ Gu
Honey Tiger Eyes
2. Mar 18, 2014: Grooving with DJ Gu
Honey Tiger Eyes
5. Mar 07, 2014: Time Traveler
3. Mar 13, 2014: The Sunset Life
6. Mar 06, 2014: Stringless Balloon
Honey Tiger Eyes

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-01-17
Warped and somewhat jangly, synthy psychedelia. 2013's The Flower Lane saw Ducktails' lead songwriter Matthew Mondanile veering harshly towards 70s soft rock grooves and full band synthy/organ pop music with his formerly solo, phasered-out, flangered-psych-drone Ducktails project. As guitarist in the increasingly successful band, Real Estate, the mainstreamification was jarring but not shocking. This EP was recorded near the tail end of the promotion cycle and finds Mondanile back in his bedroom without the band, reuniting with his pedals and layered, cut/paste, experimental lo-fi production techniques. Also new is the incorporation of jazz influences. This step back "out" is really enjoyable for someone clearly adept in both worlds - performing at Lollapalooza and for the Not Not Fun crowd.

*1. Hazy groove, cymbal riding, 60s-loving bedroom anthem. (5:01)
2. Swirling kaleidoscopic flower power 4/4 horns and joyful pop. (3:23)
*3. Mid tempo rock, slightly driving with lengthy guitar solo. (5:04)
4. “jazz” is the title, definitely an experiment for the pop musician. Cyclical structures, hammered-on acoustic melodies, and off-kilter toms. (3:33)
5. Synthy, fluttering instrumental. (3:16)

Track Listing
1. Tie-Dye   3. Wish Hotel
2. Honey Tiger Eyes   4. Jazz
  5. Nave Music