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Real Estate Announce New Album “The Main Thing”, Share New Song “Paper Cup”

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Real Estate. (Photo: Jake Michaels)

Real Estate have announced the release of their new album, The Main Thing, on February 28th via Domino. Created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound, the album features outside instrumentalists and special guests like Sylvan Esso, whose vocalist Amelia Meath features on first single, “Paper Cup.” Across the 13 tracks, the band balances existential, environmental, and political anxieties with fatherly sentiments, self-satirizing lyrics, forever-lively guitar lines, and shimmering strings.

Plus, Real Estate have also released “Paper Cup” (feat. Sylvan Esso), alongside a Nick Roney-directed music video chronicling the final performance in the life of a giant animatronic squirrel named Chipper. Watch it below.

On “Paper Cup” and the making of The Main Thing, Martin Courtney says, “Paper Cup is a song about getting older and realizing that this thing that I fell into doing over ten years ago – being a musician, writing songs, being a guy in a band – this may end up being my life’s work. Watching the people around me change and evolve, take on new challenges, and feeling sort of stuck in a rut, in a way. Feeling uncertain of the validity of being an artist in an age of climate change and general political and social unrest around the world. It’s a song about questioning your chosen path in life and searching for meaning in what you do. Those questions don’t really get resolved in this song, but ironically, the process of making this record – really diving deep and trying to make it the best thing we’ve ever made – reaffirmed in me, and I think in all of us in this band, why we are doing this.”

Real Estate will perform music from The Main Thing at 24 US tour dates and counting this spring, with tickets on-sale here. The Main Thing will be available on CD, LP and digitally. A limited edition, gold-colored 2xLP – including a tip-on gatefold jacket with Bjorn Copeland’s collage piece mounted on the front cover – is available to pre-order from Domino Mart here.

The Main Thing Track List
Friday
Paper Cup (feat. Sylvan Esso)
Gone
You
November
Falling Down
Also A But
The Main Thing
Shallow Sun
Sting
Silent World
Procession
Brother

2020 US Tour Dates
4/9 – El Club – Detroit, MI*
4/10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL*
4/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
4/13 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE*
4/14 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO*
4/15 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO*
4/16 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*
4/17 – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – Nashville, TN*
4/18 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA*
4/20 – Cat’s Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC*
4/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*
4/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
4/23 – Royale – Boston, MA*
5/7 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA†
5/8 – The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA†
5/9 – Belly Up Tavern – San Diego, CA†
5/10 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ†
5/12 – The Granada Theater – Dallas, TX†
5/13 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX†
5/14 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX†
5/18 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO#
5/19 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT#
5/21 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA#
5/22 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR#

*with Palm
†with Meg Baird
#with Itasca

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