The Arches presents
Mon 23 May 2011 | 7pm | £7 + bf
Emeralds at the Arches, Glasgow in May 2011.
Fusing ambient electronica, 80s synths, krautrock and Kosmische Musik, Emeralds have become an underground gem since their inception in 2006.
Starting out under the name Fancelions in 2005, the Ohio trio changed their name to Emeralds the following year after they shifted their focus to live improvisation, creating electro-acoustic soundscapes using analog synthesizers, guitar synthesizers and vocals, as well as electronics and field recordings.
Releasing over 40 recordings in various formats since then, early albums Solar Bridge (2008), What Happened (2009) and Emeralds (2009) were celebrated for their contemplative, drifting explorations of the analog synthesizer and drone soundscapes, earning comparisons with Tangerine Dream and John-Michel Jarre, amongst others.
Fourth album Does It Look Like I’m Here favours, somewhat contrary to the title, a more concise framework, with only one track running over ten minutes. Hailed by critics as their best, or at least their most accessible, album yet – becoming Album Of The Year on Drowned in Sound – and having opened for both Throbbing Gristle and Caribou, their status as an underground indulgence may well be set to change.
Enter on Midland Street
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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