Real Estate singer and guitarist Martin Courtney has released a delightful solo album called ‘Many Moons’. I’ve been listening to it this morning and can report that It’s a natural companion to last year’s ‘Atlas’. Like Real Estate he works with a small but perfectly formed canvas. He is a song-writer who is happy to carve out songs from the same solid piece of wood time and again, it’s the bark and the grain of each carving that provides the subtle variations on a constant theme. Or to put it another way the only stretching going on here is from the listener rousing themselves from the calm repose the album manifests across its 37 minutes. His lightness of touch as singer, guitarist and arranger is his greatest asset because the unassuming approach allows his simple but beautiful melodies to take centre-stage.
Song in the video is called Vestiges.