Martin Courtney (Real Estate) shares new song & video “Sailboat”

Martin Courtney Shares new song & video “Sailboat” Forthcoming solo album Magic Sign out June 24th

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On June 24th, Martin Courtney, the front man and singer of indie rock staples Real Estate, will be releasing Magic Sign, the follow up to his solo debut, Many Moons (2015). Today, Martin offers a second glimpse at the album to come with “Sailboat,” a charged-up and chugging attempt at overcoming despair with gratitude.

I’m in a state / I can’t see straight / Can’t see beyond a doubt

Have to say / Can’t ask for more / I guess I’m doing alright

Listen to “Sailboat” here.

Watch the video for “Sailboat” here.

Martin on “Sailboat”: “For some reason I always assumed I did not possess a ‘license to rock’. This song is my attempt at some unlicensed rocking. I was extremely fortunate to have Matt Barrick, who drummed on the greatest rock song of the 2000s, ‘The Rat’, on this one. Couldn’t have done it any other way.

Lyrically this song is kind of about keeping things in perspective and attempting to stay positive in the face of all of the bullshit. An increasingly difficult task.

And I just thought ‘Sailboat’ was a funny name.”

Following the release of Magic Sign, Martin will be embarking on a US tour including shows at The Lodge Room in Los Angeles on July 19 and at Elsewhere Zone 1 in Brooklyn on August 5. Support on all dates will be John Andrews & the Yawns, who will also serve as Courtney’s backing band.

Watch the video for previous single “Corncob” here.

Martin Courtney 2022 US Tour:

July 13 – Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios

July 14 – Seattle, WA, Barboza

July 16 – San Francisco, CA, The Chapel

July 17 – Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa

July 19 – Los Angeles, CA, The Lodge Room

Aug 2 – Kingston, NY, Tubby’s

Aug 3 – Washington, DC, Songbyrd

Aug 4 – Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s

Aug 5 – New York, NY, Elsewhere Zone 1

Tickets HERE

Magic Sign is available to pre-order on limited edition violet vinyl, standard vinyl, CD, and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital.

Previous praise for Martin Courtney’s 2015 solo debut Many Moons:



“Consistently impressive and masterful.”

The Line of Best Fit

“Many Moons works as a remarkably cohesive album, meandering its way across themes of past and present to a state of aching clarity that's modest, but no less genuine for it.”


“Courtney’s solo debut is a big-hearted reflection on time, memory and innocence that makes growing up sound every bit as scary as it is.”

Rolling Stone

“These songs show a bigger, more cinematic side to Courtney’s songwriting that conjures excitement for his projects to come.”


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