With Columbus, Ohio-based four-piece The Emerald Down one can almost feel as if it's 1991 again. 'Scream The Sound', their debut album, is steeped firmly in the shoegazing tradition where unintelligible, ethereal vocal harmonies wind their way through dreamy pop collisions of guitar effects and insistent drumming. Unoriginal it may be but the formula works brilliantly at the beginning with the relentlessly euphoric 'Caught A Wave', the Cocteau Twinsesque melody of 'Red Shift' and then 'Recondite Astral Traveler' where Chad Williamson's deadpan vocal and Rebecca Basye's angelic sighs intertwine memorably as they do again on 'Another Day'. What follows is a little disappointing largely because the group have played all their best tricks after only three songs; the guitar patterns seem slightly formulaic and Basye sounds as if she's about to collapse from exhaustion towards the end of this rather overlong album, although 'His Sight Shiny Like Chrome' is a defiant, doomy send off. Nevertheless the similarly-styled Slowdive needed a second album to perfect their formula and there's no reason why The Emerald Down can't achieve a similar success given the continued popularity of this genre.