‘Airport Bar’ is the newest single from the forthcoming debut solo album from Real Estate’s Martin Courtney. The song deals with the yearning for loved ones whilst away from home, and displays again Courtney’s deft hand in songwriting, and his move towards more personal lyrics on this solo album, Many Moons (out October 30 on Domino).
Many Moons is a 10-song collection of soft psychedelia that recalls the Kinks and Big Star even as it probes the depths of Courtney’s own life as a family man, father, and touring musician. The album is squinting-at-the-sun bright, full of subtle introspection, an elliptical document of Courtney’s transition into family life and fatherhood, largely written while he was on the road touring Atlas, Real Estate’s third full length release.
His players on this album, including Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, who produced the album, and Julian Lynch and Matt Kallman, help bring a newfound sonic clarity, a brightness evidenced in the single ‘Northern Highway’. Songs are rounded out with orchestral arrangements, as in the previously-shared ‘Vestiges’, or the instrumental title track, a sweetly luxurious string and flute number that wouldn’t be out of place on a prime-era Pentangle record.
Courtney has long made a career of writing songs about what happens when your image of home is something you’re trying to hold on to, when the nostalgia that used to comfort you starts to feel unfamiliar. On Many Moons, he’s moved through that. It’s not so much a rejection of nostalgia, but an embrace of what’s ahead – an album-length meditation on his life right now.
Many Moons will be released on CD, standard and limited edition LP on October 30, 2015 on Domino.
Many Moons tracklisting
4. Before We Begin
5. Northern Highway
6. Many Moons
8. Little Blue
10. Airport Bar