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Snake On The Lake


  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Ducktails.

Ducktails.

This year's iteration of WSUM's annual Snake On The Lake fest is helmed by Ducktails, the project led by former Real Estate member Matt Mondanile. Ahead of their forthcoming LP, Jersey Devil, Ducktails quietly released two singles, including the mesmerizing "Light A Candle." Subtly danceable, the track blends layers of synth, slick guitar licks, and slightly syncopated drums to form perfumed stationery, on which Mondanile writes an introvert's love song. "Burn this city," he coos, "so that we'll have no distractions." They'll be supported by a motley assortment of groups, including Madison band Greenhaus, who seem to be on the verge of having a moment. On their recent demo "Pop Song," Greenhaus take a brief respite from their usual stripped-down approach. Halle Luksich's vocals and lyrics still take center stage and are as intro- and extrospective as ever, but this time the instrumental parts joyfully enter the fray instead of playing their normal supportive roles. Essentially, the song is a throwaway not to be thrown away. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber