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- Just to Feel Anything by Emeralds
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 30 October 2012
Emeralds seem to have slowed their once-prodigious work-rate down to a still-perfectly-reasonable two years since their last full-length ‘Does It Look Like I’m Here’ dropped, thanks in no small part to all of them splintering off into who-knows-how-many side-projects and collaborations. Pretty exciting to see McGuire, Hauschildt and Elliott back for another lengthy shot of their trademark silky cosmic dronepop goodness.
They’re still just as listenable as they’ve ever been, too, whether they’re dropping booming minimal solar-wind drones or sailing off into a psychedelic utopia of bright arpeggios and the trademark McGuire guitar shred. I might even go so far as to say that this feels like a slightly more McGuire-centric record than previous ones, with his guitar work often feeling like the centrepiece of the tracks where it features, although the synths still take the fore to excellent effect in the likes of ‘The Loser Keeps America Clean’.
Even here though it seems clean and uncluttered compared to previous outings. This record in general does feel more clinical as a result of this heightened sense of restraint, but it’s still every bit as detailed, soulful and therapeutic as the last one, with the closing three tracks in particular being hugely uplifting and comforting jams.It’s great hearing this after such a lengthy (by their standards) gap actually, having been following each of their non-Emerald projects with interest, particularly digging McGuire’s Inner Tube if I had to select a highlight, but it’s great to hear all those ingredients finally back in the mix together on an Emeralds record where they belong. Spark up that chong and get locked in.
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