On the Horizon: Cosmic Drive, Mark McGuire.

On the Horizon: Cosmic Drive, Mark McGuire.

I’ve always regarded, and with that revered, Emeralds’ output to be the ultimate driving music in some alternate universe, for few sensations would surely better zooming about as yet uncharted spatial territories with Does It Look Like I’m Here? oozing out the windows of some argent, streamlined glider thing. Get the cryogenics out on Clarkson, and he’d undoubtedly quiver at the mere racy thought of all that. Though attentions have recently been centralised upon Emeralds’ guitarist, Mark McGuire, as he first reworked Prince Rama cut So Destroyed and here changes tack to a solo endeavour. Unsurprisingly, the Surrogate Channels EP sounds in no way dissimilar to the trio’s latest full-length, Just To Feel Anything, or indeed to anything they’ve ever done. Though what is surprising, is the eternal quality intrinsic to McGuire’s every work. The EP’s highlight is in fact its opener, a crystalline smooth largely devoid of groove ‘inspired by the beautiful beaches of Australia’. I’ve recently been fascinated by the concept of repetition being the platform for free-thinking (a concept referenced in our recent interview with West Country noiseniks Thought Forms) and I think it’s a mentality to which McGuire subscribes, too. For Morning, and the Gold Coast is nothing more; nothing less than an intricate mesh of tangly guitar lines that twinkle like morning dew on a gossamer web. Hanging notes repeat over, and over wholesome loops as the track builds to a tempestuous crescendo, only to abruptly die away after all that. Strong forces at play within this one…


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