Laidback indie-rockers continue plying wonderfully subdued formula
In its ten years of existence,
The American Analog Set hasn’t changed its formula all that much. The band’s softly undulating indie rock—a comfy bed of brushed drums, minimal guitars, subtle vibraphone and Andrew Kenny’s whispered vocals—continues on Set Free
, its sixth album and first for Canadian label Arts & Crafts. While some of the riffs and chord changes may sound familiar, the formula still works, from the slowly droning “JR” and Kenny’s acoustic ballad, “She’s Half,” to the scene-gazing “Cool Kids Keep.” The band continues to let space and subdued volume guide its course, and this respite from musical clutter is a welcome one.