Sometimes, you just need a break from the typical electric-guitar-driven rock quartet. Luckily, that break comes in the form of Emanuel And The Fear, an 11-piece rock orchestra that takes the modern indie-rock sound and shakes it up with a sweeping symphonic twist, inspired by composers such as Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Glass. “Dear Friend,” for example, sounds like the snappy opener to the most upbeat musical ever, complete with backing vocals, grand key changes and instrumental interludes. The group’s new album, Listen, came out Tuesday through Paper Garden Records. We are proud to premiere “Dear Friend” below.
“Dear Friend” (download):