Real Estate have shared the title track of their new album, The Main Thing, which is due for release on February 28th through Domino Records.
Like the previously released lead single ‘Paper Cup’, which featured a music video that captured the final performance in the career of a life-size, guitar-spinning squirrel, ‘The Main Thing’ offers another enticing glimpse into the forthcoming record that tackles the anxieties of both political and environmental themes.
“‘The Main Thing’ is my attempt at writing an inspirational anthem for anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis…specifically, me,” singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Martin Courtney explained. “I was asking myself a lot of uncomfortable questions throughout the process of making this album. Wondering if being an artist is irresponsible or selfish, particularly with the world in the state that it’s in, particularly as a parent of young kids.
“This was the last song I wrote for this album, and I think it kind of distils where I found myself at the end of what turned out to be a long and extremely rewarding process: psyched on the power of music, for real. The lyrics in this song are sort of tongue in cheek, but the sentiment is very real. Basically… when life gets tough, when the stresses start piling up, when you start second guessing every decision you’ve made, what do you do? You double down on the thing that makes you happy, the thing that feeds your soul.”
He added: “It might be corny to say, but it really is important to be true to who you are and do what you believe in, whatever that may be.”
Stream the new track, below.