“Life keeps changing and additional responsibilities and stresses keep being added, but this band is still here,” says Martin Courtney. “When I was writing a lot of these songs, I was feeling a little weird about being in a band. Like, ‘how is this still a thing?’ I was feeling silly about it and then coming around to it at the same time. This is what we’re good at and it’s what we love to do and want to keep doing. I don’t want to do anything else.”
“Half a Human” has long been a staple of Real Estate’s live set, a loose and epic jam they loved playing in front of a crowd, but Martin Courtney originally wrote the lyrics about the alienation of life on tour. No one could have expected that hanging in cheap hotels and parking lots, wandering overpasses and desolate roads would soon become such nostalgic pastimes, and as a sense of formless uncertainty continues to dominate our days, the disconnect that inspired the song now feels uniquely suited to the current moment.
An indie singer/songwriter from Virginia, Kate Bollinger's introspective, jazz-inflected songs mix gentle atmospheres with her bright, warm vocal delivery. Traversing folk, indie rock, and R&B leanings on early songs, she settled into a mellow indie pop with her second EP, 2019's I Don't Wanna Lose. Growing up in Charlottesville, Bollinger often sang with her music-therapist mother, and she looked on while her older brothers were busy with music projects in the basement of their home. She began sharing her own self-recorded songs online in 2013, and before long, the singer/guitarist began playing shows locally. After a few years of issuing hand-distributed CD-Rs, she released her first official EP, Key West, in October 2017.