Letter of Intent is to be released as the first single from the forthcoming Ducktails album, The Flower Lane on the same date as the LP: 28th January 2013. A highlight from the much-anticipated album, the track features vocals from Jessa Farkas of Future Shuttle and Ian Drennan of Big Troubles.
Ducktails will be touring the UK and Europe throughout February with a show at The Green Door Store in Brighton on the 24th and at the Lexington in London on the 25th. There will also be an album release show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, USA on January 23rd which will feature all of The Flower Lane’s guest musicians performing the album in full.
The Flower Lane marks for Matthew Mondanile – the musician and songwriter behind Ducktails – a release on which the myriad of ideas he’s explored previously under the Ducktails moniker (three full-lengths, a welter of singles and self-released cassettes) mature and come into clearer focus. Equal parts playful and experimental, the earlier recordings flirted with pop formats in passing, but on The Flower Lane Mondanile establishes a disciplined clarity that embraces classic song structure and abundant pop hooks – though with undertows still capable of pulling you just slightly, but pleasantly, off balance.
The Flower Lane marks a number of key changes for Mondanile’s writing and recording process as Ducktails, not least that he has welcomed collaborators into what was before a mostly self-recorded solo project. Among these are the record’s co-producer and engineer Al Carlson, who has previously manned the boards for the likes of fellow pop-abstractionists Peaking Lights and Oneohtrix Point Never. The recording also included a large cast of guest musicians including Daniel Lopatin (of Oneohtrix Point Never), Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin), Madeline Follin (of Cults), Sam Mehran (of Outer Limitz) and Jessa Farkas (of Future Shuttle), along with members of Mondanile’s other band, Real Estate, and members of Big Troubles, who also serve as Mondanile’s live band for performances.
The Flower Lane is now available for pre-order on CD (WIGCD299), LP (WIGLP299) + deluxe edition (which is a letter-pressed-jacket version of the album). All pre-orders immediately receive free downloads of The Flower Lane and Letter of Intent. Pre-order the record HERE.
UK Tour Dates
Sun 24th February: Brighton – Green Door Store
Monday 25th February: London – Lexington