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|editions mego (austria) #emego 150 lp|
emeralds “just to feel anything” long playing record
- before your eyes (4:05)
- adrenochrome (6:11)
- through & through (4:40)
- everything is inverted (6:35)
- the loser keeps america clean (3:40)
- just to feel anything (8:53)
- search for me in the wasteland (8:12)
|november 2012 release ; ... the follow-up to “does it look like i’m here?” sees the trio of john “outer space” elliott, steve hauschildt, and mark mcguire carrying on in their exploration of the “cosmic” variant on the classic “power trio” format of synth-synth-guitar, albeit working for the first time with an outside producer, “freelance audio engineer” andrew “drew” veres, to yield something perhaps a bit more fleshed-out, polished ... produced ...|
... having been present when emeralds absolutely laid waste to the crowd at the no fun fest back in may of 2008 (whilst my interest in the band had long since been piqued at this stage, the performance in question absolutely sealed my belief that they were already major stylists , having arisen out of the ashes of the post-wolf eyes “bro noise” axis, which, at that particular moment in time, had already expanded & contracted, before opening up out of the “pure” power electronics / pedal noise realm ... to deep, ambient immersion ... before basically turning to “dance music” [quotes in place to signify inclusion of the various splinter-belief-systems that had sprouted up from the mid-90’s on, all under the vague machination(s) of the dance music “scene”] for inspiration, seemingly across the board) ... thinking back to that fateful night, i can easily see the atom of where the band would end up now, over 4 years later ...
... while, yes, the production values have been bumped up, significantly (one would argue that, given the amount of time & stress these guys, individually, have put into fussing w/ their signal chains that hi-fi would be the way to go forward w/r/t all this) so has their collective compositional process (manifesting itself here as a series of pieces that don’t necessarily arrive fully formed as vamps, but as nested, multi-layered & formally developed “songs”) ; much of this, in an alternate / parallel / bizarro universe could pass as “radio-ready” fare, still attuned & not the least bit resisant to real-life soundtrack-applications ranging from night driving, boat fishing, or drug taking ...
|editions mego press release...|
emego 150 / emeralds
just to feel anything
release date 05.11.2012
written, recorded and mixed in june 2012 at tangerine sound in akron, ohio.
recorded by andrew veres.
mixed by andrew veres and emeralds.
mastered by james plotkin.
vinyl cut at dubplates & mastering, berlin, august 2012.
artwork and typography by mark fell.
front cover photograph by mark mcguire.
back cover photograph by steve hauschildt.
layout assistance by michael pollard.
emeralds is mark mcguire, steve hauschildt and john elliott.
thanks to russell brill, mark fell, peter rehberg, jamie stillman and ben vehorn
special thanks to andrew veres
just to feel anything, the new album by emeralds, surpasses all expectations, just as its predecessor, does it look like i’m here, did in 2010. this expertly recorded new album sees the band deliver plenty of their distinctive aesthetic for old fans to enjoy while offering a new range of fresh, exciting ideas for newcomers.
'before your eyes' begins the record with a steady build-up, which bleeds into humid layers of synthesizer pads and warm guitar. the track sets the tone perfectly for 'adrenochrome', a fast-paced excursion into new territory for the band. the calm after the storm appears in the form of 'through & through', with its contemplative strokes and heart-wrenching atmospherics. 'everything is inverted' is an energetic rush of monolithic guitar leads, pulsing drum machine, and driving sequences.
still, it's on the second half of just to feel anything, a triptych of tracks, where emeralds adroitly demonstrate why they are a cut above their contemporaries. 'the loser keeps america clean' kicks off the b-side by diving into the deepest fathoms of their experimental oeuvre. as the final bursts of static dissipate we are led into the opening chords of the eponymous 'just to feel anything' a new zenith in emeralds' repertoire. the album closer, 'search for me in the wasteland' sees mounting layers of brightly strummed guitar chords blossom into a storm of color and expertly crafted textures-- a truly majestic end to an immense album.
with just to feel anything, emeralds shine a laser-sharp light into the future, while preserving their uniquely intelligent historical perspective. the long-awaited next chapter in the emeralds discography is finally here, emerging as a sophisticated progression in both sound and structure.