Does It Look Like I'm Here?

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2010 Ratings: #130 / 855
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2010 Ratings: #40
June 8, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Does it Look Like I’m Here? is a crystal-clean top-notch piece of kosmische shimmer spliced with post-rock whimsy and mostly allocated in pop-length plots. 

83
Pitchfork

Describing Emeralds' music feels a little like capping that underwater oil spill must: how do you get your hands around this stuff? The Cleveland trio may favor methodical cadences in their music, but their releases come fast and furious. According to Discogs.com, they've put out around 40 releases in just four years, most of them CDRs and cassettes. There are variations of mood and intensity, and each major release has its own particular signature, owing in part to changes in gear and technique, and in part to being a band that improvises and records non-stop. Any given album feels like a snapshot of the band in time.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The problem with trying to quantify Emeralds is that potential descriptors of the group veer into the utterly formless. "Drone" and "hypnagogia" are en vogue terms that fail to summarize and completely locate the group within a movement. In some ways, definitive terms have almost become toxic. Once something is defined, it's doomed. While it's tempting to throw around terms like this, they ultimately feel disingenuous and exclusionary. Sadly its the critics' terminal plight to try to define movements, therefore containing them, suffocating them. Maybe in this specific context, I should leave the problem of defining Emeralds' sound to my iTunes; the genre tag it gave to Does It Look Like I'm Here? was simply "data."

70
FACT Magazine

This is more accessible than past albums, and at its best, more complex and rewarding. You get the feeling that there is better to come; that there is a record on their horizon that can consistently achieve the high points of What Happened, Emeralds and this one.

holsgr
77
☆☆☆½ ~ An inspiringly remarkable album. I feel intensely engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
Windoze
70
Basic electronic rhythms with drone influence. Underwhelming to begin with, but picks up after the title track.

Favorite Tracks: Summerdata, It Doesn't Arrive, Now You See Me
rika_
60
super uninteresting. like, REEEEAALLY uninteresting. these are simple synth patterns that just kinda go on and on and on and on. maybe i could find it at least relaxing given the right mood, but i dunno, there's just way better ambient stuff out there. another big issue is that some tracks are too loud to even fit that mood, like 'genetic'. it's not even consistent with how soothing or in-your-face it wants to be.
ChannelBlonde
84
beautiful
Scuba
90
One of my favorite electronic albums
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MISC LISTS

#89/Pitchfork (2010-2014)

Track List

  1. Candy Shoppe
  2. The Cycle Of Abuse
  3. Double Helix
  4. Science Center
  5. Genetic
  6. Goes By
  7. Does It Look Like I'm Here?
  8. Summerdata
  9. Shade
  10. It Doesn't Arrive
  11. Now You See Me 
  12. Access Granted

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