Release Date: Sep 20, 2005
Record label: Arts & Crafts
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Over the years, by giving their output incongruous or humorous handles, American Analog Set could apply a little friction to their mellow, quietly gleaming songs. Like calling the brightly sighing opener to 2001's Know by Heart "Punk as Fuck," or labeling an early single "High Fidelity vs. Guy Fidelity." The practice continued through 2003's Promise of Love, which stole the blabbing radio phrase "Continuous Hit Music" for a song, and it's alive and well in 2005 on Set Free, AmAnSet's Arts & Crafts debut.
A perceptive observer would probably guess from the cover photo – a half-open set of handcuffs – and the title, Set Free, that the American Analog Set’s sixth album is a break-up album. (A literal-minded observer may say it’s a prison break album, but my guess is that the title is metaphorical. ) That same observer would then expect one of two things: either a joyously spiteful ode to a particularly loathsome ex, or a mope-filled contemplation of the sadness of this kind of “freedom.