Benjamin Gibbard & Andrew Kenny

Home vol. 5

/post-parlo; 2003/




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The best part of the year is now. Almost everyone's finished their year in school but they're still around drinking and sweating and looking for someone cool enough. 

I've never been a big Death Cab for Cutie fan but I like American Analog Set. The bands' two songwriters both wrote four songs for this split release part of post parlo's limited "Home" series. And well, it's good. Ben Gibbard (DCFC) sings really, really well. His songs are great daydream material. The ep is very well constructed and ends up sounding great as a whole, and is more than a side project on these two artists' résumés. Unsurprisingly Gibbard's songs end up being more traditional than Kenny's. I've always liked American Analog Set's lo-fi sense of experimentation. Despite their differences the two songwriters evolve on common ground and this split ep ends up sounding more like a collaboration than like a split release, even though they only "collaborated" on two of the songs (Choir Vandals, written by Kenny and sung by Gibbard and Line of Best Fit, written by Gibbard and sung by Kenny).

In other words, eight great songs and an impressive and surprisingly cohesive ep.

-Barbara H

/june 15th 2003/