After quietly releasing their self-titled debut album in 1999 while still in college, American Football disbanded after the albums release to focus on other projects, only to reunite 15 years later to a fanbase that had been consistently growing throughout the underground/emo scene. The album later appeared on Rolling Stones 40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time list at #6, with Pitchfork giving its deluxe reissue the Best New Reissue title, calling it the most influential album in the genre. The reunion was followed by 2 more self-titled full-length albums (LP2 and LP3), collaborations with the likes of Paramores Hayley Williams, San Holo, boyband and others, as well as numerous sold-out world tours.
On the Rare Symmetry / Fade Into You 10 single, American Football (Mike Kinsella, Nate Kinsella, Steve Holmes) expand on the dense beauty of LP3 with Rare Symmetry, incorporating chiming vibraphones, intricate picking patterns, and devastating lyrics. For the B-side, the band offers up a dazzling cover of Mazzy Stars 1994 hit single, Fade Into You, with Miya Folick contributing vocals. Both tracks feature the iconic, jazz-infused drumming of former founding member Steve Lamos, who played on these songs before announcing his departure earlier this year.