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On Know by Heart American Analog Set plugs along in their characteristic lo-fi manner, with hypnotic guitars, mellow basslines, and careful lyrics by Andrew Kenny. Its rolling melodic lines and subtle textures continue in the vein of their previous albums and in the direction taken by its predecessor, Golden Band. Know by Heart culminates with "Aaron and Maria," a foray into crystalline, driving-tongue-in-cheek platitudes. And songs like "Punk as F**k," "The Postman," and "Know by Heart," where Mark Smith's skittering drumwork provides the spine for a kinetically downbeat sonic experience, epitomize American Analog Set's penchant for straightforward minimalist elegance.

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Quality indie shoegaze emo pop

Just about as niche as it gets. AmAnSet pretty much sets the bar for the genre. Glockenspiel, violin, cymbal & drum brushes, relationships, post-college, 20-30 somethings… I think this is the best of their efforts. Any aging indie rocker needs this essential record in her collection.


Formed: 1995 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

A drone-pop quartet hailing from Austin, TX, the American Analog Set evolved from the ashes of Dallas' Electric Company in 1994. After Electric Company's demise, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Kenny, keyboardist Lisa Roschmann, and drummer Mark Smith reunited to cut a number of impromptu four-track recordings that ultimately led to their decision to re-form as a group. The addition of bassist Lee Gillespie followed, and the quartet renamed themselves the American Analog Set before preparing for their...
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