Emeralds-Classic or Dud?

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You know, the droney Midwestern wizards. What do you guys think? Heard the new shit? Good stuff all around. I say...Classic! Yep, already classic.

NewBeefLover, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Too early to tell, methinks. I like their shit so far, though. Can't wait to see them in No Fun Fest.

brightscreamer, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Solar Bridge is beautiful. On Hanson. These boys keep improving, not that the early shit isn't top-notch. What I'm sayin' is-I'm feeling their current trajectory.

NewBeefLover, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Worlds better than some of their so-called counterparts.

NewBeefLover, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

SO CLASSICK

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

tuff guys

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 01:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

anything like the Detroit Emeralds?

henry s, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 01:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://krakow.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p485529486-3.jpg

I enjoyed them very much on the Pain Jerk/Emeralds tour that passed this way a couple of weeks ago. A few more shots here: Pain Jerk/Emeralds/Muscletusk

krakow, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Not heard the newy yet but I completely love Solar Bridge, even if I couldn't point to anything specific about what they do that raises them above similar acts for me. Downloaded some live sets and found them rather hit and miss, but the good ones were lovely.

Very sad to have missed the recent UK tour, not least because support on some of the dates was from Birds of Delay, who I saw a year and a bit ago and thoroughly enjoyed (much more harmonically rich and blissed-out live than the records of theirs I've bought since, some of which are pretty harsh).

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 22:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

(birds of delay is a terrible name)

this new emeralds is really something, juzt hearing it for the first time now.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 16 February 2009 01:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

"What Happened" rules.

Neotropical pygmy squirrel, Monday, 16 February 2009 02:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

plus it's fun to imagine Fred Willard saying it

sonderangerbot, Monday, 16 February 2009 02:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

solar bridge and what happened are both good

sleep, Monday, 16 February 2009 07:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

What Happened is the first I've heard by them. I'd say "it's a gem" but that would a) be cheesy; b) not even come close to how awesome I think it is. Mesmerised by it right now, to be honest.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Monday, 16 February 2009 23:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Solar Bridge > What Happened, but Wh is still nice

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 16 February 2009 23:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm going to see them open up for Throbbing Gristle in Chicago. Oh, and they're playing in a church.

Jealous?

brightscreamer, Tuesday, 17 February 2009 02:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes, since you ask ;)

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Tuesday, 17 February 2009 08:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

what happened and solar bridge are both very nice. what I like about these guys is that there are little melodic touches all over the place. pretty close to "new age" territory sometimes, but that don't bother me none.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 February 2009 16:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm going to see them open up for Throbbing Gristle in Chicago. Oh, and they're playing in a church.

Jealous?

Shit, I didn't know they were gonna open! That night's gonna be great, can't wait!

Ivan, Tuesday, 17 February 2009 20:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Hey, y'all! I have two extra tickets for Saturday's show in Chicago...want to come with?

batmeh (brightscreamer), Thursday, 23 April 2009 03:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

BUMP

batmeh (brightscreamer), Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

anyone heard that new 2lp?

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 23 April 2009 15:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

no but I am looking forward to their merch table in Chicago

sleeve, Thursday, 23 April 2009 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

wish What Happened was on vinyl.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 23 April 2009 18:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Does no one want tickets to the show on Saturday? I'm not scalping them, guys. I'm gifting them.

batmeh (brightscreamer), Thursday, 23 April 2009 22:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

the new 2lp is great! how was the show?

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I finally bought What Happened last weekend. Jeez. This shit is straight up AMAZING. "Living Room" especially is gorgeous. I love the guitar loops that just get eventually eaten up by the synths. Solar Bridge and the 2LP are great too, but I think WH is their best.

jonathan - stl, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

A coworker of mine passed "What Happened" to me... it's really excellent. I keep reading about people seeing these guys play in basements & backyards. I'm hoping I can hear that for myself.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 05:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

finally heard "alive in the sea of information". see people hear "drone" and think "boring" when they should be thinking "heavenly buzzsaw that opens the thousand gates of perception."

This part of the sentence is even dumber. (lukas), Sunday, 29 November 2009 21:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I know there has been a bit of discussion in the rolling drone thread, but I thought I'd hit this thread because their new album, Does It Look Like I'm Here? is playing tonight through the hd 280s. Solid album. The longer track, "Genetic" is so good. I ate the best turkey sandwich from Whole Foods tonight too.

Barry Soetoro the marlboro man (van smack), Saturday, 15 May 2010 04:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kinda confused that they broke out of the tons of bands that sound exactly like them to become the most popular.

filthy dylan, Saturday, 15 May 2010 21:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah i mean that never happens. ever.

am0n, Saturday, 15 May 2010 22:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

please tell me about more contemporary bands that use analog synths like these dudes

xp

bug holocaust (sleeve), Saturday, 15 May 2010 23:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

completely forgot that i have a copy of the pain jerk/emeralds tour cd. i should play it. don't think i ever did. anyway, like i said on the other thread, the new one has really grown on me. the mego thing. also on my mego hit parade and simliar in some ways to the emeralds stuff is the new album by ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER. one guy. never heard him before. starts out as straight up noise and then goes into ambient/mellow territory. i like it a lot. Daniel Lopatin. that's the guy with the unwieldy name.

scott seward, Saturday, 15 May 2010 23:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

please tell me about more contemporary bands that use analog synths like these dudes

Zombi

who totally rule btw

in which we apologize for sobering up (underrated aerosmith albums I have loved), Saturday, 15 May 2010 23:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kinda confused that they broke out of the tons of bands that sound exactly like them to become the most popular.

I get where you're coming from but... their music really is v. approachable. esp that new mego disc. a handful of well-recorded, melodic, short, new age-y pop ambient songs. not that surprising that people are digging them more than most acts working a harder "drone" or "noise" angle. (admittedly zombie are neither of those things.)

original bgm, Sunday, 16 May 2010 19:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's not just approachable -- I think Emeralds' music really has its very own sound. They may share techniques and inspirations with artists like Oneohtrix Point Never, Jonas Reinhardt, et al, but their music has a very specific quality that I don't get from anyone else. I wish I could put my finger on it; it has to do with the loops upon loops upon loops, the sense of many different parts, all spinning at different velocities.

pshrbrn, Sunday, 16 May 2010 19:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh yes please this is total KateBait.

And hey, I love me some Zombi but this is a different kind of headspace, less proggy more ambient drifty.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 13:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I ordered the new one. Dont suppose anyone has the s/t vinyl they could sell to me?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

There's a wibbly wubbly warped tapeloopness to this that reminds me of Cluster. The sounds are slippy slidey as well as shimmery.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've always felt they remind me of Force Majuere era TD

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Which is my fave TD

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

A bit, yes. I can see that. But I'm not sure that they have that kind of streamlined smoothness that TD have.

OK, I've just reached Genetic which is straight up TD territory with those big Minimalist Composer arpeggiators in the background and I'm in heaven.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Genetic is awesome but just wait til the title track hits you in 2 tracks time

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm going to be a slathering mess by that point if this album keeps up delivering the goodness like this...

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

This album just came out on emusic this week, fyi, for anyone who uses that site. I'm anxiously waiting for my June dls to come in.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

you all should check out Skyramps as well, if you haven't already. iirc it's McGuire and the Oneohtrix Point Never guy.

richie aprile (rockapads), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah that Skyramps record is awesome. I picked that up because I liked Oneohtrix "Rifts" and now I feel like I need to dig into the Emeralds stuff too ...

dmr, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

FWIW, I totally recommend buying the vinyl version of the Mego release. I listened to 320s of the album for a week or more, and felt like I really had a handle on the record. But when my mail-ordered wax finally came, it sounded almost like a different record. Ok, I'm exaggerating. But the space of it blew wide open.

pshrbrn, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah this is a band that is best heard in full fidelity.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was sure they broke up, but yeah, they're still listed on the poster. Weird.

She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe it's The Emeralds UK

Number None, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 23:35 (five years ago) Permalink

They're not on the website Line Up section.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 4 April 2013 04:45 (five years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

I don't know about "prog opus", but it is one fucking outstanding album. It's gorgeous.

an enormous bolus of flatulence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:54 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah calling it a "prog opus" is pretty ridiculous; it just sounds like by-the-numbers Mark McGuire

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:56 (four years ago) Permalink

also does anyone else imagine all these songs are recorded by Mark McGwire

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Monday, 3 March 2014 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Lol

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 4 March 2014 19:15 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Along the Way is still slaying me, my favorite thing he's done yet (including all the excellent Emeralds stuff).

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:51 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

yep

ciderpress, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 03:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm glad to hear someone finally agree, I was beginning to wonder if this thing just completely flew by everyone. It's terrific.

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 04:08 (four years ago) Permalink

Along the Way is wonderful

funny and lolexander (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 04:21 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't know the Emeralds stuff, but I loooooove Along the Way

where should i start with Emeralds?

alpine static, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 05:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Does it look like I'm here? should be easy to find and is very, very good

lauded at conferences of deluded psychopaths (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 05:17 (four years ago) Permalink

allegory of allergies

am0n, Monday, 19 May 2014 21:14 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah that one is amazing, hoping for a reissue

KrafTwerk (sleeve), Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:06 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I thought I would tire of listening to Mark McGuire, but plowing my way through MM's stuff right now and it gets pretty addictive. Guy is awesome, IMO

maybe/whatever/so what/boring (admrl), Friday, 20 June 2014 15:15 (four years ago) Permalink

that one is amazing, hoping for a reissue

― KrafTwerk (sleeve), Monday, May 19, 2014 8:06 PM

duh I walked into the record store today and there it was, 2LP on Weird Forest, been out for years but it is severely truncated from the original cassette, so I guess I need to be greedy and ask for a 3LP version

polyamanita (sleeve), Monday, 23 June 2014 23:32 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Listening to Mark's new ep Noctilucence on Pitchfork Advance right now ... very, very good. Like it better than the album.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:20 (three years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Into this: https://soundcloud.com/deadoceans/mark-mcguire-earth-2015

top doctor (seandalai), Thursday, 17 September 2015 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

happy to see him switch up his sound for once

top doctor (seandalai), Thursday, 17 September 2015 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

God, the new Steve Hauschildt LP, "Where All is Fled," is beautiful (no sound has been switched up at all FTR, but it's gorgeous).

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Monday, 5 October 2015 09:05 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this was a fb tip from our own ms. crawford but the mark mcguire album that came out in november is really really great, like i haven't seen it on any year-end lists but i just listened to the whole damn thing in one sitting while every other album i've checked out over the past week or so is a try-three-songs-get-bored type of affair.

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 December 2015 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

the Steve Hauschildt album is better.

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 17:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm just glad they're both still making music. Two great albums this year. I actually prefer their recent solo LPs to the Emeralds stuff.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 18 December 2015 21:13 (two years ago) Permalink

I normally agree with you about everything but that's insane, apart they make beautiful but inconsequential diversions, together (plus that other guy) they made "alive in the sea of information"

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 18 December 2015 23:34 (two years ago) Permalink

i think i like the minimalism of Along The Way and Sequitur more than the more dense Does It Look Like I'm Here. The other Emeralds stuff i don't own on vinyl so I don't hear it as often.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 18 December 2015 23:46 (two years ago) Permalink

the Steve Hauschildt album is better.

― miss me belial (crüt), Friday, December 18, 2015 5:32 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a cruet of destiny (seandalai), Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:10 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Does It Look Like I'm Here... This album. Man.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 May 2016 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I blasted it on the drive down Mount Haleakala after watching the sunrise at the peak with my wife this past summer. It was fitting.

Evan, Thursday, 26 May 2016 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Shit. That sounds amazing. This record can soundtrack so many drives btw.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 May 2016 20:55 (two years ago) Permalink

It certainly was!

Studio - West Coast worked just as well for the Road to Hana the next day!

Evan, Thursday, 26 May 2016 21:03 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i think i like all the steve hauschildt albums more than emeralds'. btw he is releasing a new album in august - https://stevehauschildt.bandcamp.com/album/dissolvi

marcos, Friday, 6 July 2018 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

the Steve Hauschildt album is better.

― miss me belial (crüt), Friday, December 18, 2015

crut were u referring to "Where All is Fled" here?

sleeve, Friday, 6 July 2018 14:49 (two months ago) Permalink

that one is maybe the best one

marcos, Friday, 6 July 2018 14:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I need to spend more time with those records

I also really like the S/T Outer Space LP that John Elliot put out (in 2010, lol)

sleeve, Friday, 6 July 2018 14:52 (two months ago) Permalink

been listening to these guys again lately and idk... what made the band special imo was the interaction between the three players. they were almost better as a live band

the only band that scratches that itch for me now is bitchin bajas

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 6 July 2018 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I’d say it was a mistake for them to part ways but their last record was their weakest by far. Anyway I will never tire of Does It Look Like I’m Here.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 6 July 2018 15:00 (two months ago) Permalink

y'all should try mind over mirrors :)
i agree about the character of the interaction being more interesting with all emeralds on deck

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 July 2018 15:08 (two months ago) Permalink

in MOM there are vocals but they're much more interpretive and djong yun-like than songwriter-with-words type of vocals
strong pulse, good vibe, enjoyable every time i see them (which is every chance i get, lol)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 July 2018 15:10 (two months ago) Permalink

listening to bellowing sun right now, thank you! i like this a lot

marcos, Friday, 6 July 2018 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

I’ll check both out

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 6 July 2018 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Anyway I will never tire of Does It Look Like I’m Here.

― Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, July 6, 2018 5:00 PM (thirty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Same. Stone cold classic.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 6 July 2018 15:39 (two months ago) Permalink

solo-wise i think Hauschildt has been the one i've gravitated to the most. I like Mark McGuire's stuff as well but after awhile i stopped keeping up with him.

omar little, Friday, 6 July 2018 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New Steve Hauschildt album is absolutely lovely in a "I listened to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and 76:14 and decided everything should just stop right at that moment" kind of way.

Tim F, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Works for me

calstars, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Their 'moment' seemed to be a relatively short one. I saw them at ATP in, I think, 2010; I know their sound had changed quite dramatically by then, but there was already a sense that they had moved beyond anything transgressive and were a bit daft and jock-ish - particularly John Elliott's (ironic or otherwise) sky-punching. Maybe that was always the case.

Anyway, Does It Look Like I'm Here? sounding great right now. Of the other stuff I find McGuire's output bewildering but like Beyond Belief and the VDSQ album and always had a soft spot for the Skyramps record.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 11:05 (one month ago) Permalink

i think i like strands and where all is fled a little more but dissolvi is still quite good

marcos, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 11:20 (one month ago) Permalink

xp God, that sounded pompous! That murky, transgressive scene from the early 00s seems a world away.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 11:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Not feeling the new Hauschildt - sounds like Synkro from about 5 years ago. ‘Ketracel” off Stands is an utter masterpiece, though.

the article don, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 21:14 (one month ago) Permalink


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