2009! Emeralds!

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Emeralds What Happened (2008, No Fun)

I figured I would take a break from catching up on missed 2008 releases to write about this fine gem of an album that happened upon my mailbox this past Friday.  The latest hotly anticipated album from Ohio’s ambient/drone prodigies Emeralds is an early stunner for 2009.  A set of improvisational pieces recorded live over the last two years, What Happened is yet another distinct entry into Emeralds’ expanding list of fantastic works.

What Happened is a decidedly more varied affair than their previous Solar Bridge album.  Opening song “Alive in the Sea of Information” is largely comprised of synths.  Here Emeralds gently carries us across the vast expanses of the ocean while we watch the sunset on the horizon.

By the time “Damaged Kids” begins, we have been cast into the water, sinking for what seems like eternities only to discover a lost civilization below.  Bleeps and boops filter in and out of our psyches, seemingly the product of something not quite human.  As we descend into the forgotten metropolis, large guitar drones join in for the ride, increasing tension until heavy bass hits stamp everything out.

Emeralds saves their best for last on What Happened, unleashing two titans of sound to wrap things up.  Standing in contrast to the doubt of “Damaged Kids,” “Living Room” is an embrace of the infinite.  Reconciliation to uncertainty.  Loads of melodic guitar lines and minimal synth float about the ether before a gentle tide of guitar drone whisks us all away.

“Disappearing Ink” is very reminiscent of a favorite from 2007’s Allegory of Allergies, “Light’s Cool.”  The all-enveloping warmth and sense of optimism.  Standing at the precipice of epiphany.  A beautiful, majestic piece, and a perfect way to close the album.

In the last couple of years, the prolific trio of Mark McGuire, Steve Hauschildt, and John Elliott has grown to prominence in the experimental music scene.  Emeralds grabbed the attention of many when they issued the staggering Allegory of Allergies in 2007; a titanic swath of cavernous-yet-heartfelt drone featuring intricate melodies and nigh endless depth.  With echoing clarity, What Happened feeds the growing sentiment that Emeralds is one of the brightest ensembles one may have the pleasure to hear in the current musical landscape.

Buy it now from Darla Records

http://www.nofunproductions.com

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~ by theoberlander on January 20, 2009.

One Response to “2009! Emeralds!”

  1. […] I figured I would take a break from catching up on missed 2008 releases to write about this fine gem of an album that happened upon my mailbox this past Friday. The latest hotly anticipated album from Ohio’s ambient/drone prodigies Emeralds is an early stunner for 2009. A set of improvisational pieces recorded live over the last two years, What Happened is yet another distinct entry into Emeralds’ expanding list of fantastic works. What Happened is a decidedly more varied affair than their previous Solar Bridge album. Opening song “Alive in the Sea of Information” is largely comprised of synths. Here Emeralds gently carries us across the vast expanses of the ocean while we watch the sunset on the horizon. By the time “Damaged Kids” begins, we have been cast into the water, sinking for what seems like eternities only to discover a lost civilization below. Bleeps and boops filter in and out of our psyches, seemingly the product of something not quite human. As we descend into the forgotten metropolis, large guitar drones join in for the ride, increasing tension until heavy bass hits stamp everything out. Emeralds saves their best for last on What Happened, unleashing two titans of sound to wrap things up. Standing in contrast to the doubt of “Damaged Kids,” “Living Room” is an embrace of the infinite. Reconciliation to uncertainty. Loads of melodic guitar lines and minimal synth float about the ether before a gentle tide of guitar drone whisks us all away. “Disappearing Ink” is very reminiscent of a favorite from 2007’s Allegory of Allergies, “Light’s Cool.” The all-enveloping warmth and sense of optimism. Standing at the precipice of epiphany. A beautiful, majestic piece, and a perfect way to close the album. In the last couple of years, the prolific trio of Mark McGuire, Steve Hauschildt, and John Elliott has grown to prominence in the experimental music scene. Emeralds grabbed the attention of many when they issued the staggering Allegory of Allergies in 2007; a titanic swath of cavernous-yet-heartfelt drone featuring intricate melodies and nigh endless depth. With echoing clarity, What Happened feeds the growing sentiment that Emeralds is one of the brightest ensembles one may have the pleasure to hear in the current musical landscape. theoberlander […]

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