For a band with such a simple name, the complexity of The Americans’ sound is a welcome contradiction. It’s fitting, then, that The Americans was formed by the London-born, Paris-raised, Charlie Klarsfeld (vocals, guitars, keys and producer) who now resides in New York with the band’s additional four members. Since their start in 2008, The Americans have collaborated with the likes of the Dap Kings, who contributed the horns section to the band’s self-titled debut EP, Daniel Merriweather and Sean Lennon, who is not only featured on The Americans’ forthcoming “White EP,” but also produced a track on the six-song release, set for November 2010. The Americans’ median age (somewhere around 22) is reflected in their spry, multi-layered soul-pop, as is their desire to “unite for the common purpose of making great pop records and put on mind/body/soul blowing shows,” as explained by Klarsfeld himself.
The Americans’ “White EP” amasses the band’s various influences – everyone from Shuggie Otis and Phil Spector to Fela Kuti and Prince – into six multi-layered, unpredictable tracks. The five-member band weaves together a patchwork of classic soul peppered with doo-wop, indie-rock infused with a twinge of psychedelia and balanced pop music that merges the band’s contemporary vibe with a sound one could find just as easily on a 1960’s juke box.