These days, most synthesizer music feels like some variant of techno, noise, or drone. Refreshing, then, that Emeralds are using those same sounds to update the more lyrical electronic styles pioneered by German bands like Kraftwerk. On the new albumDoes It Look Like I'm Here, Emeralds craft sublime sound environments out of gorgeous polyphonies. The song 'Candy Shoppe' is especially tasty.
Stephen Reader covers politics for It's a Free Country, WNYC's interactive politics site. He joined the station in 2010 and has also worked for Studio 360, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning show about art, culture, and creativity.
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