The American Analog Set were an Austin-based band specializing in hypnotic minimalist lullabies. They used hushed vocals, brushed snare, droning organ, and rippling vibraphone to gently envelop listeners in a warm, textured trance. They sound like they took Luna’s 1994 “Sleeping Pill” and never woke up.
I must have watched the video up top for “Come Home Baby Julie, Come Home” a dozen times this week; it somehow stays just on the right side of hipster twee for me, instead remaining really lovely and affecting. Any theories as to what it all means? It seems like an homage to fellow Austinite Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, though it could be the rotoscoping effect that makes my mind go in that direction.
The weightlessly-floating “Gone To Earth” has a video that is chock-full of that delicious, delicious retro-futurism (love the shot at 1:12 of the “Space Speed Indicator”) that makes my heart ache:
The American Analog Set – Gone To Earth
I’m not sure if either of the above two AmAnSet (an abbreviation you can use to save valuable time and/or sound “in the know”) videos were official – I suspect the second, at least, was not.
But I often enjoy fan-made videos as much as official ones. Like this one that repurposes Buster Keaton footage:
The American Analog Set – Fool Around
Or this one – flickering home movie footage provides the perfect accompaniment to softly-glowing music that treats simplicity as a virtue and already sounds wavering and grainy, like a dream of an old love half-remembered on waking:
The American Analog Set – Magnificent Seventies
“In this whole world,
The beat in my heart is
Your feet when you’re walking”
Bonus Track: American Analog Set – The Green Green Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Feel free to hold forth in comments about: the fine line between “serenely soothing” and “stupefyingly soporific”, or whatever strikes your fancy.