The American Dollar
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The American Dollar

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"Jennifer Marston"

Using drums, keyboards, guitars, and various other percussion instruments, John Emanuele and Rich Cupolo weave richly textured melodies in between cascades of drums, synths, and sparse organ notes, creating a sound that puts them on par with bands like The Album Leaf or Explosions in the Sky. Whether a track contains a lush, ambient-interlude feel or a sweeping explosion of chords, emotion runs high on this disc. - XLR8R

"Peter Brennan"

Brilliantly, the tracks often blend into each other, leaving no space for afterthought or pause. In 'Call', tender swathes of melody and stuttering, trip-hop drumbeat give way to the exultant reverb-laden guitar army and boisterous Hammond that drives the raucous 'Bump'. The best is yet to come though, and it arrives in the doublet of the strikingly gorgeous 'Lights Dim' and its successor 'Transcendence'. The former recalls God Is An Astronaut in their prime, its ravishing electronic undercurrent laying the foundation for some achingly lonely synths. The latter begins with a Dave Gilmour-esque guitar squall, eventually yielding to a heart-stopping organ blast before ultimately culminating in a tender robotic harmony. Both are works of rare talent and ingenuity, taking elements from electronica and post-rock and making the pairing of the two seem somehow new and vital. - The Silent Ballet


The American Dollar (2006)
The Technicolour Sleep (2007)
A Memory Stream (2008)
Ambient One B-Sides (2009)

The American Dollar has been featured on many independent and college radio stations worldwide.
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The American Dollar formed in 2005 and have released three full length albums as a group. John Emanuele and Richard Cupolo began crafting a new sound in August 2005 after many years of work in other areas. Creating a lush enigmatic sound out of the gate, the groups first track was immediately licensed by MTV Program battlegrounds. Since then their biggest successes include placements on CSI: Miami, in Infiniti car advertisements as well as a prominent MTV Real World trailer. The band began playing live in 2008 and have completed their first short tour. The group plans to complete their fourth full length this year as well as spending more time touring.