Emeralds - The Overlook (2009)

Released only as a run of 75 cassettes sold on tour, The Overlook is a surprising but welcome dive into the world of Emeralds. Warm and unobtrusive washes of sound, along with some more recognizable melodies, flit back and forth, creating a psychedelic canvas to gaze at lovingly. A few themes are present throughout the entirety of each piece, slowly morphing into a new but still recognizable synth line or chord change. This is best experienced as the title would suggest, or similarly, from afar. Looking too closely into something repetitive can be maddening (e.g. Reich, Glass), but allowing your mind to wander with this playing is both wonderful and refreshing for the "ear palette."

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