Your mileage with Emeralds depends on how awesome you think painted pictures of large spaceships are, because that is the best possible way to put imagery to Emeralds' galactic pop. If that seems like a great idea, then the band's entire catalog is worth your time. If you're a little more skeptical, that's okay too. Their new record Does it Look Like I'm Here is their most accessible yet. "Candy Shoppe" is full blast emotional pop music built on perpetually layered synths and blips of guitar. It's dense and overwhelming and, more importantly, really pretty—which is not how we'd normally describe most music.
June 17, 2010