Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

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  • Summary: This is the first solo release on Woodsist for the Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Arcade Dynamics still might not be for everyone, but singles like "Hamilton Road," "Art Vandelay," and "Killin' the Vibe" should not go unheard.
  2. Jan 20, 2011
    This is a subtle refraction of the Ducktails aesthetic, where the brittle abstraction and detours down lo-fi cul-de-sacs are siphoned into songs that are breezier, less inward looking, more in thrall to the possibilities of pop.
  3. 70
    Mondanile isn't rewriting any of the rules here, but he does show that he can stand on his own as a pop songwriter perfectly well, and frequently does so in an addictive fashion.
  4. 70
    Still, the nostalgic, ethereal quality of the music makes everything more refreshing and exciting than someone merely dabbling.
  5. Jan 20, 2011
    While Arcade Dynamics is a major turn for Mondanile, it's aesthetically in line with the trajectory of many modern acts that also hide behind effects and atmosphere as they develop their songwriting chops.
  6. Feb 25, 2011
    It's difficult to dislike Arcade Dynamics, maybe even impossible, given that it's so relentlessly inoffensive. On the other hand, it's not an album likely to engender much passion, either. Whatever the case, if you need another soundtrack for a summer afternoon, you could do worse.
  7. Under The Radar
    Mar 23, 2011
    Art for art's sake may impress at parties, but recorded it brings teh good times to a screeching halt. [Feb. 2011, p. 70]

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