American Authors recently unveiled the music video for “Neighborhood,” which features Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE.
“Neighborhood” is from the band’s latest album, Seasons, on Island Records. An album about changes occurring every day on both the macro- and micro-levels, Seasons metamorphoses cycles of alteration into dazzling musical progressions. The tracks on the album blend elements of pop, hip-hop, and rock in yummy, dazzling sonic concoctions.
Vocalist Zac Barnett says, “We had to go through all of these experiences and moments of experimentation to reach this body of work, which is the most genuine and pure thing we’ve ever done. It encompasses every season of our music: the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. We let go of where we started, fell into the place of writing from the heart, and captured what came out naturally.”
American Authors’ breakthrough took place in 2012 with the release of “Best Day of My Life.” Almost overnight, the single achieved triple platinum success. Following with Oh, What A Life, their debut LP, which went gold, demand for the band was insatiable. They played Firefly Music Festival, Lollapalooza, BottleRock Napa Valley, and the Reading Festival, while recording and releasing What We Live For.
“Neighborhood” opens on scrumptiously tender colors backed by emerging synths seguing into a velvety alt-pop melody full of gleaming textures and shimmering surfaces. A sparkling piano rides the potent yet subdued rhythm, infusing the tune with moving wistful hues. Melancholic vocals, full of tantalizing wisps of recollection, imbue the music with sumptuous emotions traveling on nuanced delicate timbres.
On the second verse, Rinehart’s impeccable tones suffuse the lyrics with urgent yearning for the unattainable.
“I threw my troubles and my bags in the backseat / Pulled up a drive for one last look / She was standin’ in the doorway lonely / After leanin’ in close and she said / “Who, who are you? Who are you really anymore?””
The video depicts the breadth of emotional variations human beings feel when confronted by the ever altering panorama of life, ranging from abject grief in the face of loss to the joy of renewed love.
With “Neighborhood,” American Authors immerse listeners and viewers into sublimely gorgeous music that touches the heart.