Self-titled debut indie releases tend to come and go. They are often a necessary low budget step toward establishing a reputation that possibly leads to a recording contract that might actually be worth something. So it was a pleasant surprise when Real Estate's self-titled debut album received a favorable review from Pitchfork Media. That led to the group's appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago the following year - one of a handful of festival stops.
In '11, Real Estate signed with the Domino Recording Company who issued the group's sophomore set, "Days." That year also saw the departure of drummer Etienne Pierre Duguay. He was replaced by Jackson Pollis while keyboardist/guitarist Jonah Maurer was added to augment the core of vocalist/guitarist Martin Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile and bassist Alex Bleeker.
Real Estate's internal drama continued when Matt Kallman took over from Maurer during the recording of Real Estate's third album (second with Domino), "Atlas."
Two years later, news arrived that that Julian Lynch had replaced Mondanile, who wanted to pursue other creative endeavors. But the transition to Lynch didn't go smoothly. He spent five months in India missing the bands '16 tour. Doug Keith filled-in.
"In Mind," a '17 release, was Real Estate's fourth album but first with Lynch.
2009 Real Estate
2017 In Mind