What happens when you are a sensitive guy making music in Austin, Texas, in the mid 90s? You either join a band called Trail of Dead and take out your frustrations by smashing your gear on stage every time you play, or you recruit a bunch of equally sensitive people and make the most shimmery music possible. The American Analog Set made a handful of albums (all of which are gorgeous and sound kind of the same), but this is a sentimental favorite. The record opens with the sounds of exploding fireworks, a fun sound that this band manages to make melancholy. This is good music to play while journaling or drifting in and out of consciousness.