American Football (LP3)
big scary monsters
their third album evolves even further on the promise of (lp2), stretching the yearning vocals & fragile guitar melodies to their fullest potential.
American Football’s original triumph, on their 1999 self-titled debut, was to reunite two shy siblings: emo & post-rock. It was a pioneering album where lyrical clarity was obscured & complicated by the stealth musical textures surrounding it. Like Slint’s ‘Spiderland’, or Codeine’s ‘The White Birch’, even Talk Talk’s ‘’Laughing Stok’, American Football asked far more questions than it cared to answer. “We put a lot of time & a lot of energy into it,” says Mike of (lp3). “We were all thoughtful about what we wanted to put out there. Last time, it was figuring out how to use all of our different arms. This time, we were like – Ok we have these arms, let’s use them”.
- Every Wave to Ever Rise (feat. Elizabeth Powell)
- Uncomfortably Numb (feat. Hayley Williams)
- Heir Apparent
- Doom in Full Bloom
- I Can't Feel You (feat. Rachel Goswell)
- Mine to Miss
- Life Support