EMOT is a slow-core indie rock band from St. Paul, Minnesota. Taking cues from Talk Talk, Halloween Alaska & Acetone, the band’s spacious music unfolds and grows organically on record and in the live setting. Embedded in this openness and sonic space are finely tuned folk songs in the vein of On the Beach Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, and Jeff Tweedy. The group’s core line-up consists of Dan Choma (drums/keyboards/sampling), Justin Hartke (bass/vocals), Matt Leavitt (vocals/guitars/keyboards) & Robert Mulrennan (guitars/sampling/vocals).
For their third LP, self titled EMOT, the band enlisted the veteran hand of producer Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier, Laarks, and The Shouting Matches. It is the sound of two weeks in two years. Of purposed efforts with room to breathe. Of console organs, rummage sale keyboards, saturated guitars and a beating heart of Wurlitzer & Rhodes pianos. From Moen’s basement studio in Roseville, MN to his parent’s cabin outside of North Branch, MN sounds were tracked with focus and a clear sense of direction. The ten songs are a mission statement; of a band fully embracing a sound and a cohesive environment. Throughout EMOT there are explorations of duality; walking through the gooey muck of self-absorption and learning how to breathe like the piercing clarity and neon darkness of a winter night sky.
EMOT has shared the stage with other venerable Twin Cities musicians such as Haley Bonar, Halloween Alaska, Love Cars, No Bird Sing, We Are the Willows, Adam Svec, Van Stee, amongst others.
2011 saw the release of their sophomore effort, Make You Electric, which Rob Van Alstyne of Minneapolis City Pages dubbed “A subtly stunning listen”. Upon its release, Make You Electric was amongst the CMJ’s top 20 adds as well as charting in the CMJ top 200; netting a wider audience for the group at home & abroad. Those same sessions also culminated in a cassette-only EP, Trees & Claws, released in March of 2012.
released March 6, 2014
Dan Choma : Drums, Organs, Percussion, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Justin Hartke : Bass, Vocals
Matt Leavitt : Vocals, Guitars, Organs, Synthesizers, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Robert Mulrennan : Guitars, Vocals
Recorded & Mixed by Brian Moen in Roseville, MN, Grasston, MN, and San Francisco, CA.
Mastered by Zach Hanson at April Base Studios, Fall Creek, WI.
Design & Layout by Zach Koss
Cover Photo by Alison Scarpulla
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