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Intimacy Recorded: Ducktails – “Map To The Stars”

  • September 10, 2017
  • 1 min read
Intimacy Recorded:  Ducktails – “Map To The Stars”


“Map To The Stars”

Jersey Devil

Ducktails (Matt Mondanile) set to release his 6th album, and it is fantastic.  A strange little tour of the mind of Mondanile,  this album seems extremely personal and intimate.  Though Mondanile started the album two years ago in LA, as he says:

the songs really became what Mondanile had envisioned after moving back to his hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he finished writing and recording the material in his mom’s basement. The quiet, familiar space surrounded by wood-paneled walls provided endless inspiration. Once finished tracking, Mondanile would take the commuter train to Hoboken, grab a cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and mix the album with engineer Ernie Indradat at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon

studio. “Everything felt right: the mini mall across the street, the stock brokers walking their dogs, and the sweet summer smell in the air” says Mondanile about the final days of work on Jersey Devil.

All I know, this recording style worked.  Ducktails is a very beautiful album.  Enjoy.  I can smell the coffee when I listen to Ducktails.  I think you’ll love it.

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