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Electric Independence: Emeralds

It’s not everyday we get to (or want to) go to Cleveland, but when the opportunity came along to hang with one of the most exciting young synthesizer-based acts in the world, we put our snow boots on and headed (mid)west.

Emeralds, made up of Steve Hauschildt, Mark McGuire and John Elliot, have only been sculpting their impossibly beautiful and impeccably crafted cosmic drift since 2006, yet have left a bevy of mind expanding, bone shaking cassettes, CD-R’s and LP’s in their wake.

With a rich history of rock’n roll and punk Cleveland might seem a curious place for these three cosmic crusaders to be busting out the synthesizers, but their surroundings are as important to their sound as the electronics themselves.

The guys took us around their studio, showed us the magic of the ‘Emerald Necklace’ and tried to out bowl us at down at the local lanes.

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