Spawn of American Football: The Hotelier, Modern Baseball and Into It. Over It Take Over Emo's Legacy 2016 in Lists

Spawn of American Football: The Hotelier, Modern Baseball and Into It. Over It Take Over Emo's Legacy2016 in Lists
Photo: Sherwin Lainez
For years, Mike Kinsella's one-and-done trio, American Football, were an afterthought to his other legendary group Cap'n Jazz. After 17 years, they followed up their single self-titled album with another, but now the trio are the predominant influence on a wave of young emo-leaning bands. Labels like Topshelf, Run For Cover and Tiny Engines are packed with artists who directly and indirectly owe a debt to AF's twinkling guitars and plaintive lyrics. Here are five albums that honoured that legacy this year.
 

Into It. Over It.
Standards
Evan Thomas Weiss continues to hone his voice on third album Standards, pushing his snaking, Kinsella-esque guitar lines to new heights.
 

You Blew It!
Abendrot
AF played their guitars with open tunings to convey space, accentuating the size of their sound. This Orlando quartet adopt a similar style, imbuing this third LP with an oversized sound and a sense of catharsis.
 

Tiny Moving Parts
Celebrate
Minnesota's Tiny Moving Parts marry impressive guitar work with massive pop punk hooks. The trio's third LP injected some much needed joy into a scene caricatured for its sadness.
 

Modern Baseball
Holy Ghost 
Previously known for their wry one-liners, Philadelphia's Modern Baseball took a more earnest turn on Holy Ghost, taking personal turmoil — mortality, mental illness — and molding it into confessional art.
 

The Hotelier
Goodness 
Though mostly a studio project, there's a pastoral peace to AF's music that the Hotelier took to its inevitable end on Goodness, which both looks and sounds like the Worcester, MA crew left the modern world for a life in nature.