The five-man band holds Martian Courtney at the vocal and guitar works, adding in Alex Bleeker on the bass and backing vocals. Then Jackson Pollis works on the percussive sets as the foundation to Matt Kallman on keys, and Julian Lynch on lead guitar. The simplicity speaks volumes as Real Estate has this underlying freedom to their sound. Opening with “Darling” where the synths lead the strings into this open landscape of possibility following the first verse that begins, “…Which hang upon our front porch, wait for the warm sun to return,” Real Estate immediately resembles a bright, but still dreamy Sunday morning.
Most of In Mind relies on Real Estate’s approachability as a band, resembling something more familiar to a Wes Anderson film. Images of perfect symmetry, coming-of-age, and a tasteful cameo of color that acts as if it was a living character to the story. Every step that Real Estate takes is a digestible piece that balances the fate of relaxation and cruise control where tracks are movement-inducing even at a somber tone. When the curtain falls on Real Estate, they take In Mind in their hands, shielding it from the world until it is fully ready to fly.