#26-EMERALDS-Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Editions Mego)

One of the biggest breaches of fresh air in the world of electronica comes surprisingly from an act that incorporates elements of prog and looks back to the seventies for inspiration. This trio from Cleveland, part of the new movement vindicating the cassette as a format, led by the prolific Mark McGuire –who also released an excellent solo album this year – and specialized in drone and long experimental explorations, have found a perfect balance in this record, in which their loop-based melodies are gifted with a haunting quality.

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