Emmet labels its ethereal music as "FARP" -- folk-alternative-rock-pop. Symbolically balancing electric and unplugged instrumentation, the Cleveland-Akron quartet's self-titled full-length debut makes much of the disconnect between day jobs, night life, and the unsettling dreams that buffer the two.
A former solo artist, frontman James Pequignot sings, plays guitar, and writes lyrics about floating through Cleveland, looking for magic and love. His songs are slices of the alt-rock life, and Pequignot reels from working-class desperation: In "Insane," he warbles that he "feels like I'm drunk/And the world is sober."
While Pequignot is a fine writer and player, surrounding himself with a band only helps. In "Falling," chiming guitar lines crash into a monstrous solo. The group has covered Radiohead's "Creep" live, and it's rare to find a band that can take influences from the seminal Brits without imitating them.