AN EMERALD CITY : The Fourth
By Simon Sweetman
There are some aspects of metalís ambient side here, the textures, the moods Ė but it would be unfair to call this a metal album, not that thereís anything wrong with metal, itís just that An Emerald City goes deeper and certainly wider. Once again thereís a cinematic impact that comes with listening to the bandís recorded work, but this sophomore album feels a lot bigger and broader than ĎCirca Scariaí. That was a great record but the world music feel, the Middle-Eastern flavours and gypsy elements meant that it could have been written off by some as bordering on kebab-shop rock. No chance here. This Auckland band is now truly a global unit, living a lot of the time in Berlin (where this album was recorded). An Emerald City has mastered the undulating melodies, giving a veracity that some post-rock jam-bands lack. Thatís not to call them a post-rock jam-band by the way, although, again, there are elements. Elements are key to this bandís sound Ė the fact that one minute it is a world music band, then itís post-rock, then itís metal, then itís folk-ish. At times it feels like a documentary soundtrack to an unreleased Ė or as yet unreleased film. All of these things are good; all of this is positive. This album is incredible.