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In the past few months I've been very much enjoying the blaring analog dronage of Ohio trio Emeralds and I'm far from being the only one, the cracking Solar Bridge featured quite rightly in Wire's top 50 of 2008. They're one of those bands who release a thousand albums a year and 2009 isn't looking to be any different with loads of scheduled releases to follow What Happened, which is in our gras ...

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What Happened by Emeralds
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 11 February 2009
In the past few months I've been very much enjoying the blaring analog dronage of Ohio trio Emeralds and I'm far from being the only one, the cracking Solar Bridge featured quite rightly in Wire's top 50 of 2008. They're one of those bands who release a thousand albums a year and 2009 isn't looking to be any different with loads of scheduled releases to follow What Happened, which is in our grasp now. Compared with the other stuff I've heard this album's pretty varied and accessible with guitar arpeggios scattered across the drumless, synthy terrain and extended cosmic blooping sessions that recall the sound experiments of the early electronic pioneers as well as Harmonia and the rhythmless early Cluster. The kosmische keyboard end of krautrock is obviously a huge influence and their sound is an excellent tribute, taking the classic elements but spicing things up with just enough of an update to avoid coming off like mere copyists. Noise elements do make their presence felt from time to time (occasionally I'm reminded of Fuck Buttons) but in general this is quite a sedate effort compared with the swirling disorientation of the full-on drone sets I've heard before. It's certainly pretty great in its own way and I can see it being a tidy introduction for any newcomers. We've also got the tour CD in from their dates with Pain Jerk (which didn't include a Leeds one because it was CANCELLED BY SATAN) but I haven't got a clue what that sounds like because we haven't heard it and that makes describing things difficult. CD only on No Fun!

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