Real Estate share first glimpse of new album with dreamy single ‘Paper Cup’

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US indie rock group Real Estate have unveiled their new single ‘Paper Cup’ (feat. Sylvan Esso) alongside details about brand new album The Main Thing.

On ‘Paper Cup’ and the making of The Main Thing, lead vocalist and guitarist Martin Courtney says “‘Paper Cup’ is a song about getting older and realising 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.

“It’s about 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.”

Listen to ‘Paper Cup’ by Real Estate on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.

Courtney continues “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.”

Out February 28 on Domino, the brand new album delivers the band’s most inspired and self-aware set of songs to date, created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound.

Following his work on 2011’s Days, engineer Kevin McMahon returns as producer, and, for the first time ever, Real Estate have brought in outside instrumentalists and special guests like Sylvan Esso, whose vocalist Amelia Meath features on first single ‘Paper Cup’.

Across the album’s 13 interrogative tracks – as full of depth, strangeness, and contradictions as they are lifting hooks – the band balances existential, environmental, and political anxieties with fatherly sentiments, self-satirising lyrics, forever-lively guitar lines, and shimmering strings.

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