Sometime last year, before becoming one of the blogosphere’s indie-rock poster childs, Real Estate announced that drummer Etienne Duguay was no longer in the group. Although I doubt many people were expecting to hear anything from him, he is back on his feet with Splash and it couldn’t be more different from his dreamy roots. Splash is self-described as ”a New Age boy band playing transcendental boogie pop” and if their first single ‘Ever Before’ is any indication, that is the perfect explanation. 80s new wave has been a cornerstone of the indie-rock sound for a while now, however, I can’t think of any band recently that has dived into the sound so completely. Probably second only to Ariel Pink’s ‘Round and Round’, ‘Ever Before’ is the best imitation of new wave I’ve heard in a while and it’s equal parts goofy and radical (which is probably exactly what they were going for). It’s clear Splash is no Real Estate side project and they’re all the better for it.