How did I miss this?? Jesus, I know I posted the single a while back but the album as a whole might be his best. Honestly, this is the Americana album Erlend Oye never wrote, the what you love about his past work seasoned with what makes Real Estate shine bright when they’re on.
St. Catherine is the fifth full-length under his solo moniker, is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.
Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York. When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith’s classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine.
The Julia Holter-featuring “Church” and “Heaven’s Room,” see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channelling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility.
St. Catherine will be available on July 24th on CD, standard edition LP, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP
07-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Getty Center ^
07-31 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle ^
08-01 Cleveland, OH – Euclid Tavern ^
08-02 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^
08-03 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s ^
08-04 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch ^
08-05 Toronto, Ontario – Garrison ^
08-06 Montreal, Quebec – Casa del Popolo ^
08-07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
08-09 Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
08-26 Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen *
08-28 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
08-29 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club *
08-30 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
09-01 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
09-02 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
09-06 San Diego, CA – The Casbah *
^ with Itasca
* with Regal Degal