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DUCKTAILS (Hypnagogic Woozy Horizontal Pop, Lo-Fi, Chillwave/US)
Ducktails is an American band from New Jersey that began in 2006 as the solo recording project of Matt Mondanile (also of Real Estate).
Mondanile started Ducktails in a tool shed in Northampton, Massachusetts the summer before his last year at Hampshire College. The band name is a play on the title of the animated television series, DuckTales, from the late 1980s and early 1990s. He recorded his first release, 1992 Demo, on a 4 track with cheap multi effects pedals and a guitar. After leaving college he moved back to his parents' home in New Jersey, where he recorded in the basement. Between 2007 and 2012 he recorded several albums, singles, cassettes, and split releases, mostly recorded on cassette tape.
Ducktails' self-titled debut album proper was released in 2009 on the Not Not Fun label, followed later that year with Landscapes. Third studio album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics was released in 2011 on the Woodsist label, and saw a move away from improvised experiments towards pop. Ducktails releases have received significant critical acclaim, most notably from Pitchfork Media who have favourably reviewed the albums, and produced two video features on the band.
In 2012 Mondanile signed to Domino Records and released The Flower Lane. In contrast to his earlier work, it was recorded in a studio and mixed over the summer of 2012 with Al Carlson (Peaking Lights) and co-written by New Jersey band Big Troubles, who had backed Mondanile in live shows for some time. The ten track album was released January 28, 2013 preceded by the single "Letter of Intent", which featured vocals from Jessa Farkas of Future Shuttle and bass from Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin. On January 23, 2013, Pitchfork TV broadcast a live stream of the band's album release show at Manhattan's (Le) Poisson Rouge with guest appearances from Big Troubles, Joel Ford, Jessa Farkas, and Real Estate's Martin Courtney.
Ducktails have played many international festivals including Primavera Sound and Field Day. As Ducktails, Mondanile has toured the world solo as well as with a band performing extensively in Australia, Japan, Europe, United States and Canada. Mondanile has also collaborated with Panda Bear of Animal Collective as well as Madeline Follin of Cults and Dan Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never.
On July 25th, 2013 Ducktails performed in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art as part of PopRally's MoMa Nights series.
Their music has been positively reviewed by the BBC and is regularly played on BBC 6Music by the likes of Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Don Letts.
Mondanile runs the New Images record label.
THE FINGERS (Psych Pop/Bln)
The Fingers is a band of 4 that plays melodic and yet dissonant pop songs that flirt with punk rock, no wave, psychedelia and Bo Didley.
Based in Berlin but originally from various places between Europe and the Americas (CAN, US, IT, ES), the band is active since 2012 and so far has released two EPs on their BlackBugRecords. Their debut album titled “Pass me the salt, will you?” is planned to come out in June 2015 via Kitchen Leg Records.
The Fingers, together with other bands are part of the Berlin music cooperation A++.