Have You Heard? American Football - Desire Gets In The Way

American Football by Emma Swann
Photo: Emma Swann

Somehow, that spark that illuminated American Football’s self-titled debut has kept burning for seventeen years.

After seventeen years away from the studio, it would have been easy for American Football to lose it. Near-enough two decades of silence from any group would send out warning signs; from one who’d only ever sat down to record together twice, it would surely be a death knoll to cohesion.

Somehow, though, that spark that illuminated American Football’s self-titled debut has kept burning. ‘American Football’ mark two still shimmers, and latest teaser ‘Desire Gets In The Way’ is perfect evidence of the fact.

“I’ll remain chained to the bed we made,” Mike Kinsella half-mumbles, that heartbroken core still their bedrock. It’s musically more adventurous, though, a chirruping guitar line keeping spirits up through Mike’s bleakest of storytelling, and by the time those drifting closing minutes float by like a lone cloud on a scorching summer’s day, it’s impossible to deny that American Football’s magic remains.

American Football’s new, self-titled album is released October 21st via Wichita.

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