Emarosa
Versus Reimagined


3.0
good

Review

by Zachery S. Cotto USER (19 Reviews)
July 24th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 07/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In part a surprising treat. In part almost unnecessary.

Emarosa, the four piece band from Lexington, Kentucky, that consists of Bradley Walden (Vocals), Will Sowers (Bass), Jordan Stewart (Keys) and ER White (Guitars), recently unearthed a rather pleasant little surprise for it’s fans in the form of Versus Reimagined, an EP that reworks four fan favorite songs off of their latest LP Versus.

Circa 2014, and lineup change, Emarosa had been helmed for breathing fresh air into the post hardcore genre. In their latest musical endeavors, Emarosa have shown an obvious effort to distance themselves from the genre entirely and Versus Reimagined is definitely the culmination of said efforts. This being said Versus Reimagined is the furthest that Emarosa has ever been from their roots, to the point where they seem to be an almost entirely different band from what they had started out as.

Versus Reimagined was produced by, and features, Aaron Marsh of Copeland and the amount of influence from said producer and band shows in spades. With influences ranging from minimalistic production styles, to synthesized drums, to horns and strings, this EP is definitely “Emarosa done Copeland” holding far too many similarities to Copeland’s latest LP, Ixora, to just be a coincidence, with influences being quite clearly internal.

The two tracks that both stand out and offer the most in Versus Reimagined are “Gold Dust” and “Mad.” Both of which almost seem to be ripped apart of all but their skeleton and reworked both melodically and structurally. This is made apparent with the horn and key opening in “Mad” and the songs bleeding transition of synthetic drumming that carries into “Gold Dust” it definitely seems like the reimagined track with the most effort put into it. “Mad” is also a track where Bradley’s vocal performance shines and stands out the most, as he uses both his lower and higher ranges in a way that his melodies soar over the instrumental track beautifully. “Gold Dust” is a stray from nearly everything else Emarosa has ever put out, including other tracks on this EP, being both electronic and Jazzy in nature, while featuring both vocals and redone lyrics from Aaron Marsh.

On the other end of the release are the reimagined versions of “Say Hello to the Bad Guy” and “I’ll Just Wait” and these two tracks fall into the category of the more disappointing half of the EP. While the two tracks themselves aren’t bad by any means, they see no key defining change to them in comparison to the former two tracks. Each song is essentially the same vocal mix and melody of the original, with strings and keys in place of the original instrumental. Here the band doesn’t do anything to really “reimagine” the tracks in any substantial way and feels a bit lacking in effort overall in comparison to the other two tracks. As a result these songs seem a bit unnecessary and lack a major reason for repeated play.

In short, those who were hoping for a return to form in Emarosa’s post Hardcore roots will be sorely disappointed by this EP. Those who enjoyed the softer elements of the band's latest LP Versus, will find this a surprising treat to hold them over for a new, inevitable, LP. In that regard it does it’s job. Who knows maybe this stray from the norm is a sign of things to come?



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2015


13089 Comments


decent review, you need to reformat it tho

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BeeRyan
July 24th 2015


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you're right about the Say Hello version, but I love all the other ones a lot. Mad never really resonated with me on the album, but it's wonderful here. I hope their next record has a more varied sound and touches on their softer side more

Feather
July 24th 2015


3794 Comments


This is great. Way better than their originals. Versus was forgettable, this really builds on all of those forgettable tracks and makes them pretty beautiful.

BeeRyan
July 24th 2015


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought versus was forgettable for a few months and then it really hit me. just sounds way too McTernan-y

cliiint
July 24th 2015


1336 Comments


I loved a lot of versus(these songs especially), this should be a fun listen.

beachdude
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2015


841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think you're right about the Say Hello version, but I love all the other ones a lot. [2]

This is great... I'll admit the first track is a bit too similar to the album version, and it almost made me think this was going to be a lazy cash-in. Then the other three tracks made me love it. I definitely wouldn't mind some of these sounds making their way into the band's next album.

beachdude
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2015


841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also damn, you beat me to it with this review lol

TooLateToGoBack
July 24th 2015


1952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mad and Gold Dust are phenomenal.



Gold Dust was my favorite off Versus, and the reimagined version is even better.

cliiint
July 25th 2015


1336 Comments


I felt like most of the instrumentals were lazy. I know it was going for the minimalist dub sound and I don't know the first thing about this kind of music but it didn't do anything for me.

On the other hand his voice sound great here. It shows he doesn't have to rely on straining like he does on a lot of versus.

Feather
July 25th 2015


3794 Comments


I like this more the more I listen to it and I was not a fan of Versus

cliiint
July 26th 2015


1336 Comments


You might be a fan of versus if you only listened to these, plus two or three other songs from that album.

When it jams it fucking jams, but the bad songs REALLY brought it down. Like I said in the review thread, delete half the songs and you're Left with a pretty kick ass ep.

cliiint
July 26th 2015


1336 Comments


.dp.

BeeRyan
July 26th 2015


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what songs did you feel, cliiint?



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