American Football is proud to share the music video for “Silhouettes”, from the forthcoming full-length album, American Football (LP3), out March 22nd on Polyvinyl Record Co. Directed by Shawn Brackbill, the video is based on a treatment from the band’s own Mike Kinsella, and follows an undulating modern love story of two lovers as they drift in and out of each other's lives. Where they ultimately end up is for viewers to interpret. The palpable chemistry and emotion portrayed by the actors in the beautifully shot autumnal footage are surely aided by the fact that the characters are played by the real-life couple of Cale Parks (of the band Aloha) and his partner Kendra Smalter.
"Working on the Silhouettes video was an interesting collaboration between the artist and director,” says Brackbill. “I prefer to work on a treatment with a band but this one came from Mike fairly well-formed. It was great to help develop the concept and bring this idea to life. I liked that Mike's treatment for Silhouette came through to me without a lot of explanation for WHY things were happening. It left things open for interpretation on my end as I helped develop the story. In putting together the final treatment and shot list, I tried to keep the story open-ended as well. To allow the viewer space to make their own interpretations for what they see here in the video."
American Football, whose songwriting has been so influential to a generation of musicians, raised the stakes on the writing and recording of their third effort under the American Football moniker, and it shows. The band break new ground sonically, and explore new voices too, with guest vocals from Hayley Williams of Paramore, Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell, and Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell. “Familiar without submitting to nostalgia,” writes The FADER of the lead single, “it’s a fresh faced and dew-dropped introduction into a new chapter of American Football.”