Ducktails | 06/08/15

Image: Ducktails press photo by Rob Kulisek

Matt Mondanile’s Ducktails has released the new single, “Surreal Exposure,” from forthcoming album St. Catherine out July 24. The tracks follows the release of "Headbanging In The Mirror," the first track to be shared from the album, further affirming Mondanile’s melodic lilt is at its most honest and vibrant amongst the new material. Listen to both tracks below.

St. Catherine, Mondanile's fifth full-length under his solo moniker, is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range. 

In addition to having announced new North American tour dates in August and September, Ducktails will perform a special free show this Friday, June 12 at Elvis Guesthouse in New York previewing material from the new album. Find all dates below.

Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York. When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith’s classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine

The Julia Holter-featuring “Church” and “Heaven’s Room,” see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channelling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility. 

St. Catherine will be available on July 24 on CD, standard edition LP, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP. Few copies remain of the limited edition coloured vinyl through the Domino Mart. Pre-order on iTunes and receive both "Headbanging in the Mirror" and "Surreal Exposure" instantly.

Ducktails tour dates:
06-08 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
06-12 New York, NY – Elvis Guesthouse
07-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Getty Center  ^
07-31 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ^
08-01 Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern ^
08-02 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
08-03 Chicago, IL - Schubas ^
08-04 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch ^
08-05 Toronto, Ontario – Garrison ^
08-06 Montreal, Quebec - Casa del Popolo  ^
08-07 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
08-09 Boston, MA - Great Scott ^
08-26 Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen *
08-28 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
08-29 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club *
08-30 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
09-01 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
09-02 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
09-06 San Diego, CA – The Casbah * 

^ with Itasca
* with Regal Degal