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Americans In France's "Pretzelvania" out on May 12th!

Chapel Hill’s Americans In France will release their newest album, Pretzelvania on May 12th on the newly formed Odessa Records. They’ll be embarking on a tour the next day, up the coast, ending with two dates at New York’s Cake Shop and Home Sweet Home.

The drummer/vocalist for Americans In France is the accomplished Casey Cook. On top of her duties in the band, she’s also a critically praised visual artist. She’s shown her art in galleries in New York and Los Angeles, and as far as Zurich, Switzerland and Turin, Italy. Check out her work at Branch Gallery.

Grayson Currin, who frequently contributes to Pitchfork, posted this about Americans In France on Raleigh’s Independent Weekly feature, the Top 40 Songs of 2008:

“‘Liking You’ begins with what sounds like a music box, a miniature universe of sound that will play the same tune forever so long as you keep cranking its handle. The song and its subjects seem to operate on much the same principle of cyclical infinity: Though the tempo and textures of ‘Liking You’ change, they do so in tiny waves, moving from quiet to slightly less quiet to very quiet, adding a distorted guitar tone here and a drum turn-around there. But the song seems like it could spin forever, continuing the self-perpetuating, dangerous crush loops of which drummer Casey Cook sighs and sings so carefully. She recognizes the problems of the relationship ahead, like the drinking and the lack of communication and the desperate clinging of two lonely souls. But in this submerged duet, she goes with it, adding a soap-opera magnetism to the woozy washes of these Beach House shores. You’ll recognize these miniature emotional battles.”

Here’s a video of Americans In France performing at Local 506 in Chapel Hill:

And be sure to catch Americans In France on that aforementioned tour:

05.01•Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
05.13•Soapbox (Wilmington, NC)
05.14•Tin Roof (Charleston, SC)
05.16•Wormhole (Savannah, GA)
05.16•Stardust (Orlando, FL)
05.18•Jackrabbits (Jacksonville, FL)
05.22•Metro Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
05.23•Cakeshop (New York, NY)
05.24•Home Sweet Home (New York, NY)

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Record sounds great can’t wait to rock the south with you guys.

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