The vocalist and guitarist for indie rock band Real Estate has released a new solo LP. Martin Courtney was born in New Jersey and attended Ridgewood High School with two of his current Real Estate bandmates, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker. Upon graduating from high school, Courtney studied at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he studied literature. Fun fact, Courtney’s parents run a real estate business, which inspired the name of the band.
Before Real Estate was formed, Courtney spent a short time as the keyboardist for indie punk rock group Titus Andronicus from his neighboring town of Glen Rock, New Jersey in 2006. In 2008, Courtney and his high school buddies decided to reunite and form Real Estate, and proceeded to release three albums in a span of six years.
But recently, Courtney boldly decided to take a separate musical approach without his bandmates to create a laid-back record for indie fans to hear. His collaboration with Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere and Aaron Neveu on this album creates a nostalgic atmosphere similar to 70s indie rock bands. Courtney claimed in an interview with Spin Magazine that it nearly took three years to put the finishing touches on the record, “chasing each formless idea to its natural endpoint.”
In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, Courtney said, “the lyrics are both looking in the past and in the future, because I’m thinking about the way I grew up and then thinking about the way my daughter’s growing up and the world that is going to be there for her when she’s my age.”
If you don’t have time to listen to the complete album, take a minute to listen his new single “Vestiges” in our Spotify playlist. You won’t regret it.