The American Dollar
Right This Way (ep)
Across the last fifteen years, Richard Cupolo (keyboards, guitar) and John Emanuele (drums, keyboards) have been making a mix of ambient and post-rock instrumentals under the name, The American Dollar.
Here is the latest offering from the New York duo, an EP of six songs that clocks in at just under 13 minutes. So sub two-minute pieces, for the most part, although at the mid-point the track Argentina bulbs to over two minutes and 40 second!
Take some of Khruangbin’s chill vibe with lacey guitars and add the nodding intensity of Boards of Canada and you have the overall sound and feel of this exquisite wee EP. Ambient guitar and keyboard pieces but with soft hip-hop drums (again, I think of BoC – esp Geogaddi-era).
The soothing textures of the keyboards (Follow Us To Tomorrow) and the clarity of mood (Botanical People) makes these song-fragments feel like so much more than their brief run-time allows.
Moon Hole is close to J Dilla, I Hope You Feel Colors could have you pining for the best Donny Hathaway vocal to drape across the skeletal frame of the song, and EP-closer, New Kingdom, harks back to the very best of the café/chill-scene from 20 years ago, producer-led projects like Aim.
This is very much a wee stopgap only. But it’s like a rest-place on the musical highway. Take five – or 12 as it were – and park up with these soothing sounds.