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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for Real Estate's Martin Courtney was co-produced and mixed by Rob Schnapf.
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  1. Jun 24, 2022
    80
    The way it weaves this constellation of influence and artfulness into 10 songs that are lighter than air, deceptively simple, yet cumulatively, surprisingly moving. [Aug 2022, p.32]
  2. Jun 24, 2022
    80
    Remaining in the same musical neighborhood as his debut, its sentiments were inspired by looking back at that transient time just before young adulthood, in his case in the early 2000s. ... That lesson in experience and optimism shines through dreamy guitar atmospheres on much of the record, including opener "Corncob."
  3. Mojo
    Jun 24, 2022
    80
    All in all, it's lovely, uplifting stuff. [Aug 2022, p.87]
  4. Jun 27, 2022
    80
    Here is a songwriter effortlessly recounting his joys of youth and getting lost, and in the process finding himself through a set of subtle musical gems.
  5. Jun 27, 2022
    80
    Courtney might give the impression that he's aiming for a low-stakes, minor effort to pass the time in Magic Signs, a stopgap until moving on to a relatively more ambitious project. But he couldn't be more in his element, shifting in and out of focus as he recaptures his youthful wonder.
  6. Jun 24, 2022
    68
    There are albums born of a burning need to create and express, and there are albums that exist simply because the artist had the spare time and inclination to make them. Magic Sign never pretends to be anything other than the latter.
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