Does It Look Like I'm Here?

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #95 / 905
Year End Rank: #38
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Based on 94 ratings
2010 Ratings: #92
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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. 


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, 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.

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."

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.


This was my intro to Emeralds - an album I'd play at quite an intensely loud volume and STILL fall asleep to.

Actually a good thing.


Emeralds' most well known album oftens an atmospheric, futuristic progressive electronc / ambient record filled with hypnotic and lush instrumentals which are both engaging, bothing moving together for a record which feels in place for a sci-fi wonder around the galaxy and I adore it for that.

Track Review

Candy Shoppe 9/10
The Cycle Of Abuse 8.5/10.
Double Helix 8.5/10.
Science Center 8/10
Genetic 8.5/10.
Goes By 8/10
Does It Look Like I'm Here? 7.5/10.
Summerdata 7.5/10.
Shade 7/10
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Emeralds throw away their experimental, elusive and creative aesthetics of past albums for a much less intriguing direction, basing their compositions on some over-nostalgic and repetitive structures that just resemble some vintage progressive-electronics that have already been done much better in the past by bands like Tangerine Dream in the 70s. The electronic synth-paranoia of Genetic and the acoustic-guitar driven Now You See Me are possibly the only highlights in the midst of these ... read more

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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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