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AN EMERALD CITY

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It all began in Auckland/New Zealand when Sam Handley (guitar, keyboards) and Reuben Bonner (guitar, synth) worked together with Felix Lun (violin) for a short-lived project. After the band split Bonner went overseas and travelled through Europe with his guitar in order to reach for some new inspirations. AN EMERALD CITY loosely formed in late 2005, shortly after Bonner came back then. They linked up with drummer Reyahn Leng and percussionist/organ player Matt Hanson after a while. When Ede Giesen (lute, sitar) entered the crew they recorded their eponymous debut EP in January 2008.

Hanson left shortly after and Rob Croft (various instruments) came aboard - things finally got serious. They practiced every week, embarking on long jams and recording hours of music to mini-disc. Almost organically, AN EMERALD CITY emerged as a band attuned to expressive prog music based on psychedelic, space and post rock essence, coupled with world music impressions.

Every performance should be unique furthermore while using a wide range of exotic instruments, which adds an Indian and Middle Eastern flavour. After the release of their full-fledged album 'Circa Scaria' in April 2009 they went to Europe and established themselves in Berlin. Drummer Dan Katz had substituted Leng. Here they could record their current 2011 effort 'The Fourth', released on Banished From The Universe Records.

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3.67 | 3 ratings
Circa Scaria
2009
3.08 | 5 ratings
The Fourth
2011

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An Emerald City
2008

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3.08 | 5 ratings

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An Emerald City Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars While crossing psych/space, kraut and post rock territories AN EMERALD CITY are a typical borderline case. This album was recorded in Berlin soon after they had settled down there, comprising eight songs which show a rather hypnotic flow, often based on repetitive patterns. Spacey elements are strongly featured, coupled with an oriental touch and many reliably modern synthesizer contributions. So first of all I would name Grails and Turzi for some reasonable comparison.

b31 opens with a sample deriving from field recordings they took under way in Berlin. There is some New Order touch to state furthermore in my humble opinion, especially due to the bass playing. While counting in the dramatic organ alike synth elements and some soaring guitars they offer an interesting unique flavour here. The following Seizuretron is more of a motoric, even slight industrial feel - Felix Lun's violin is delightfully contrasting though. Circa Scaria now refers to their eponymous predecessor album from 2009 including a remarkable eastern ambience with tribal drums, sitar, violin and additional synth strings.

The dark-mooded title track comes like a jam then, dominated by a deep-toned repetitve bassline - the other instruments are skillfully meandering around. Creepy synths and wah-wah guitars take possession of Key To The Kingdom and the closing track Casual Encounters strikes due to an hallucinogenic flow based on a nice slow-paced groove and soaring spacey guitars and synths again. It definitely needed some concentrated listening sessions to get the album's spirit. 'The Fourth' can't reach for the excellence of albums like 'Deep Politics' ... but is a very good release throughout from a band which should also be checked out live, if you ever will have the chance to - 3.5 stars for this effort.

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