Ahead of Fridays album release from Real Estate of their new album ‘The Main Thing’ vis Domino Records, the band have released the title track as the second glimpse of what’s on offer amongst its thirteen tracks,
Singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Martin Courtney explains:
“‘The Main Thing’ is my attempt at writing an inspirational anthem for anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis…specifically, me.
I was asking myself a lot of uncomfortable questions throughout the process of making this album. Wondering if being an artist is irresponsible or selfish, particularly with the world in the state that it’s in, particularly as a parent of young kids. This was the last song I wrote for this album, and I think it kind of distills where I found myself at the end of what turned out to be a long and extremely rewarding process: psyched on the power of music, for real!
The lyrics in this song are sort of tongue in cheek, but the sentiment is very real. Basically…when life gets tough, when the stresses start piling up, when you start second guessing every decision you’ve made, what do you do? You double down on the thing that makes you happy, the thing that feeds your soul.
It might be corny to say, but it really is important to be true to who you are and do what you believe in, whatever that may be.”
It’s a heady mix of indie pop, yacht rock and AOR, spliced together with glorious melodies, this warm sun-kissed vibe and this beautifully gluey, funky, guitar solo. Let it pull at your heartstrings, here
Like lead single “Paper Cup”, which featured a music video that captured the final performance in the career of a life size, guitar-spinning squirrel, “The Main Thing” backs “the crushing weight” of existential concern with a rollicking hook, ripping guitar lead, and tireless groove. As the second preview of a 13-song collection rooted in anxieties both political and environmental, universal and closely familial, its chorus nods to the central, self-affirming tenet that pushed the band to work longer, harder, and more collaboratively than they have on any album before.
The Main Thing is available to pre-order on deluxe double LP (tip-on gatefold jacket with Bjorn Copeland’s collage piece mounted on the front cover, gold-coloured vinyl), LP, CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital