OK. Sit down. Relax. Forget about your day and your to-do lists. Clear your mind and get ready for a slow burn. The music of Gerard Emes is not for the average listener. If you are a frequent listener of your local Top 40 station, this may not be for you. But if you are looking for something different you have found it.
His specialty is instrumental musical landscapes that don’t follow a traditional musical structure. It’s very free form and open. It’s quite interesting but it takes a lot of patience to really get into it and enjoy it.
Gerard Emes – Instrumental Indie Music
You really have to clear your schedule, sit back, put on your headphones and let the music take you to new places. Sometimes it takes a while to get where it’s going, but the payoff is always worth it. Gerard’s “Desolation” for example is a true lesson in dissonance. The haunting organ tones in the background provide the perfect amount of tension that keeps you engaged while the guitar explores different melodic excerpts. This tune could not have a more perfect title. It truly makes you feel like you are alone in a dark room somewhere nondescript.
“Miles Away” is very similar to “Desolation” taking the listener on a similar journey while providing a little more consistent melody in the guitar to begin with. When the flute comes in, it really adds a whole new element. It continues to build with the addition of the muted trumpet. This tune is a great example of a slow build with lot of very interesting textures.
“Teemo” provides a little more rhythmic drive than some of the other tunes with sweeping, haunting sounds. It begins simple and sparse, and then the vocals come in singing “Teemo” in a very beautiful harmonic arrangement. I have no idea what that word means, but I do know how it makes me feel. It makes me feel like I’m on a sedative mental journey – A meditative state where I’m concentrating on everything and nothing all at once.
Yea I know what you’re thinking – “light another incense stick hippy boy.” I know it sounds a little strange or “out there” but it’s only because that is exactly where Gerard’s music takes you. It’s that rare type of music if you need a break from the norm, a few minutes to escape reality, or to go somewhere you haven’t been in a long time. It might even inspire you to go spread some kudocream on a friend’s shoulder!
If you are ready to open your mind to new ideas then Gerard Emes needs to be your next musical exploration. It might just make you rethink your consideration of that incense stick.