The Emerald City Doesn't Exist is a five song EP by Roland Greco that was release in March of 2018. It opens with "I See Mountains" Knuckle Puck-esque drums and guitar accompanied by deep vocals a higher pitched chorus and a killer line - "take me back to innocence". Next up is "Viridian" - which firstly reminded me of Fetty Wap. It had a multitude of harmonies and a plethora of percussion. It winds down with a some rings and then its on to "Young Lion". This song is heavy on the resonance and contains a solid drum beat complete with lots of hit-hat work and groovy, thuddy fills. Towards the middle of the song, vocals move to the front of the song until it once again picks up speed as guitars create tension and resides into melodic rhymes. Afterwards comes "Explorer". It opens with a guitar and drum heavy intro that creates intense energy and the feeling of wanderlust. As the lyrics start, drums hit few and far between but hard and effectively. Eventually, deeper lyrics find their place as "the suns drowning", "tears become a sea", and quick, sustaining drum fills find their place. This song makes you want to explore for sure and if you're a fan of Sigur Ros or M83, you'll be a fan of this song. The EP wraps up with "U Should Be Here". The final track opens with drawn out vocals and acoustic guitar. Together, they carry a soft, relaxing tone. Drums pick up towards the middle of the song and things concluded with trip sound effect appreciated guitar.
Overall, this album is pretty solid. It presents listeners with well done pop-punk sounding instrumentals atop hip-hop sounding effects. Roland Greco is going strong in the vocal and lyric department. The title of this EP represents that its not the destination that matters the most, but the journey as whole. I give this EP an 8/10 and proclaim it hit you in the feels for sure.
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