Real Estate are back and have confirmed the impending release of their fifth studio album, The Main Thing.
The record, which will arrive on February 28th through Domino Records, is Real Estate’s first album since 2017 effort In Mind—the same year that the band revealed that Matt Mondanile was fired from the group because of his alleged mistreatment of women.
Created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound, Real Estate has once again teamed up with Kevin McMahon who acts as the producer on the record. In what marks the beginning of a new era, the band has also recruited outside instrumentalists and special guests for the first time.
“Paper Cup is a song about getting older and realising that this thing that I fell into doing over ten years ago—being a musician, writing songs, being a guy in a band—this may end up being my life’s work,” frontman Martin Courtney said. “Watching the people around me change and evolve, take on new challenges, and feeling sort of stuck in a rut, in a way. Feeling uncertain of the validity of being an artist in an age of climate change and general political and social unrest around the world.”
Courtney added: “It’s a song about questioning your chosen path in life and searching for meaning in what you do. Those questions don’t really get resolved in this song, but ironically, the process of making this record—really diving deep and trying to make it the best thing we’ve ever made—reaffirmed in me, and I think in all of us in this band, why we are doing this.”
For the first cut from the record, Real Estate has teamed up with Amelia Meath, whose previous work includes groups such as Sylvan Esso and Mountain Man, for the single ‘Paper Cup’.
Stream the track, below.