We get letters from all sorts of artists here at Earmilk, but this one particularly stood out to me for some reason. Maybe it was because I saw the words "Orchestra" and "11-Piece". Either way, when I checked it out, I was nothing less than stoked on my new discovery. Emanuel and The Fear bring a new vibe to the Polyphonic Spree/ Sufjan/ Arcade Fire feel, and I can't get enough of it right now. I think I even hear a little Cursive influence in there. I had never heard of the band before, even though they released their self titled debut album back in January. This makes me think they aren't getting the credit they deserve. I listen to a lot of music, and I can't even believe I haven't heard of these guys until now.
With a sound that derives itself from composers and songwriters across the board, Emanuel & the Fear is an extraordinary 11-piece orchestra-rock band that focuses on intertwining the modern day pop song with extravagant and complex composition. Drawing from romantic and modern composers like Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Glass; and then fusing in a modern rock sound like Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Daft Punk and Sufjan Stevens; Emanuel & the Fear displays a true understanding of sound all-the-while capturing audiences with their climactic electro/orchestral arrangements and quivering, poetic lyrics.
P.S. - Check out "Jimmies Song", all the way though, and tell me how dope the synths are at about 4-5 minutes in.
Emanuel And The Fear - The Rain Becomes The Clouds
9/17 - New York, NY @ Spike Hill w/ Phonograph
10/1 - Montreal, QB @ Pop Montreal/Bar le Syndrome (Paper Garden Records Presents: Carnaval! w/ Darla Farmer)
10/2 - Montreal, QB @ Pop Montreal/Square St. Louis (Paper Garden Picnic! w/ Darla Farmer)
10/22 - Brooklyn, NY @ CMJ/ Bruar Falls (NYC Taper showcase)
11/7 - New York, NY @ 3rd Ward (Paper Garden Records Presents: Multiverse Playground - an exploration into the evolution of music, art, and comedy)