American Analog Set's fifth studio offering, PROMISE OF LOVE, shows remarkable range and ambition. Of course, even recording the album was no small feat, considering the band's bi-regional status, as singer-songwriter Andrew Kenny relocated to Brooklyn, leaving the rest of the band behind in Austin. On moody, contemplative numbers such as "You Own Me," American Analog Set tones down its trademark drone sensibilities in favor of more languid melodies and understated, breathy vocals. AmAnSet also deftly balances the low key, krautrock influenced numbers with more percussion-heavy rock songs, such as "Promise of Love" and "The Hatist." Despite personnel relocation, PROMISE OF LOVE proves to be a cohesive effort, combining dreamy melodies with calculated textured instrumentation.
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AllMusic Review by Maggie Serota