The New York City duo The American Dollar have been a fairly prolific outfit since the early 2000’s, but they picked the right year to double down on that productivity. Our second collaboration with these masters of chilled-out ambient pieces is the sequel to their April 2020 release, unveiled only a few months afterward. In past years, an album such as this may have been characterized differently. It may have helped create a bubble for a student studying in the school library or put someone in a comfortable zone during a train commute; these kinds of mood sketches often serve as the soundtrack to inner calm as the world rushes busily around the listener. But in 2020 the context pivoted, and as the presence of consistent human interaction transitioned from tangible to tangential, many of us discovered that our stressors began to come from within. This is a moment in which an album like LoFi Dimensions 2 shifts from pleasurable to pivotal.
Even at twenty-one tracks, LoFi Dimensions 2 never wears itself or the listener out. It deftly weaves through each sketch, propelled by a distant but seemingly ever-present thrum of static that plays a strangely comforting role in the proceedings. Although this is an album of many brief ideas, there is a perpetual, soothing flow, a smooth elegance, and a quiet grace that pull you into its irresistible warmth. For a record comprised almost entirely of low-key compositions largely characterized by their consistent tranquility, it possesses a sustained immediacy that is a testament to the strength of these seasoned songwriters. Every time you drop the needle on LoFi Dimensions you’ll find yourself surprised when it reaches its end; not many 21-track records can fly by without the listener ever breaking concentration to check where they’re at in the track listing.
As we continue to diversify the kinds of sounds we pursue at the label, we find ourselves grateful to enter into alliances with groups that are delivering multi-dimensional value. The American Dollar represents a new limb on the dunk!records family tree, and we believe it’s a strong one that will support a previously underserved yet vitally important and ever-present demographic in our listenership. We hope that you not only find enjoyment of the music but enrichment of the spirit, a reassurance during trying times that there is still peace to be had. Albums like LoFi Dimensions 2 are the kind of integral recordings that can help us all remain centered until we can see one another once again.
– Text by David Zeidler
Lofi Dimensions 2 by The American Dollar on 180g colored vinyl.
Comes on Orange vinyl (EU edition) and limited to 100 copies.
US version comes on Purple Marble w/ Green Splatter through Post. Recordings and is also limited to 100 copies.
Find Lofi Dimensions 1 here.
Released 29th January 2021.