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Sunlight Searchparty

by Val Emmich

A loose and fearlessly raw album recorded almost entirely live to tape, complete with mistakes, chatter, party noise, and slightly out-of-tune instruments.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. New Year's Resolution
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2. First Try
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3. This Ship's Going Down
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4. Cover Up
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5. Teach Me
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6. Now Is No Time
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7. High Noon
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8. At the Risk of Sounding
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9. If They Come Again
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10. Absolutely Still
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11. The Only One Lonely
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12. Decadent Decline
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13. Last Day
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14. I Don't Get the Joke
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Album Notes
Here's how it goes. A young artist from a suburban town puts out a few independent records and ventures out on a handful of modest tours. He builds up a decent following, accumulates a nice pile of press clippings, gets a few college radio spins and a bit of TV airtime for his low budget video. Then suddenly he's noticed by the industry. He signs a deal with a major label which, despite its vast resources, can't seem to accomplish any more than he had on his own. Sadly, it's a story so common it's no longer compelling. But the interesting part of the story is what happens to the artist after all this.

After two years on Epic Records and nothing to show for his efforts but a re-released version of his debut album SLOW DOWN KID, Val Emmich begged successfully for the privilege to walk away from a multiple album deal and returned to the exact place where he started - writing music by himself for himself. In the fall of 2005, he moved into a house in Woodstock, New York and started working on new material. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and plenty of red wine, Emmich spent the next two weeks shaking off the weight of all expectations other than his own, finding 20 new songs in the process.

At that point, it was time to call in the cavalry. Together with his band and friend/producer Jason Cupp (Finch, The Elected), they turned the house in Woodstock into a makeshift recording studio, and demoed over 30 songs in a month's time. These recordings would serve as the map Emmich would follow into the future.

Invigorated and inspired, Emmich was now dead set on making a record--one that would incorporate all the innocence, honesty and fun he had rediscovered in the woods and at the same time challenge all the super-processed, thoroughly sterilized music he had come to despise. In July of 2006, Emmich, Cupp and the band entered Shorefire Studio in Long Branch, New Jersey with the goal of doing just that.

The result is SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY -- a loose and fearlessly raw album recorded almost entirely live to tape, complete with mistakes, chatter, party noise, and slightly out-of-tune instruments. An album that embodies the fundamental reasons Emmich started playing music in the first place: because it was fun and it felt good. The title represents the struggle to find hope, inspiration and happiness that Emmich and his comrades have faced over the last few years.

SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY touches on a number of interrelated themes including rebirth ("Now Is No Time"), honor and vengeance ("If They Come Again"), infidelity ("Cover Up"), and personal responsibility ("New Year's Resolution"). An extensive list of guest musicians help add texture to the songs using a wide variety of instruments from french horn, piano and orchestral strings to trumpet, harmonica and banjo. The album is imbued with richness and complexity by virtue of the stark contrast between the songs themselves and the way they are presented; songs that are often dark and damaged are performed with the reckless energy and stubborn tenacity reserved only for those who truly believe in what they are doing.

In today's downloadable and disposable world, SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY stands apart as a three-dimensional work showcasing an artist who cares obsessively about every aspect of his craft. More than just a collection of tracks to be ripped and stored on a hard drive, SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY is an artifact - a complete document of this chapter in Val Emmich's life. In addition to the music, the package includes the one-hour documentary dvd IT'S ONLY YOUR LIFE (produced & directed by Matt Schuman) which reveals the complete arc of the making of the record from embryonic idea to fully-realized work of art. Also included is a 16-page booklet designed entirely by Emmich featuring candid studio photos and handwritten pages straight from his journals showing the songwriter working out the lyrics to his songs. In an age when albums often represent the filtered and homogenized visions of a veritable army of songwriters, producers, marketers, researchers and executives, SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY is delivered uncompromised straight from Val Emmich to you.


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Wonderful.....a masterpiece.
A refreshing sound,each track on the c.d.shines with wonderful melodies,great lyrics and an amazing live feel.Val takes us on a musical journey with some real emotional and powerful songs,all 14 tracks shining like diamonds.
As an added bonus the DVD gives us an insight into the making of this remarkable album.Get it now......and one for a friend.

Jay Lustig, Star Ledger

intensely personal lyrics, vocal style strikes raw nerves
Emmich writes intensely personal lyrics….He separates himself from the emo pack with a vocal style that strikes plenty of raw nerves but never descends to whimsiness, and music that favors classic rock stateliness over punkish simplicity….a sense of renewal permeates Sunlight Searchparty.

Jim Testa, Jersey Beat

spontaneous, heartfelt, thorny issues, we need more Val Emmichs in the world
Emmich lays it all on the line here with music that sounds spontaneous, feels heartfelt, and speaks to the adult in all of us, tackling thorny issues of relationships, self-doubt, and societal malaise with a keen eye for detail and an ear for captivating hooks….I’m happy that one of New Jersey’s most talented young artists has opted for personal fulfillment over jockeying to be the next American Idol. We need more Val Emmichs in this world.

Diana Schwaeble, Hudson Current

touchingly honest, breathy emotive voice, very focused & rewarding result
The lyrics are incredibly funny and touchingly honest. It is hard to classify Emmich. Songs on this classic rock album are both fast and slow and tend to favor guitar driven tracks…his breathy, emotive voice adds rich layers to the music, which you'll want to listen to again and again, if only for his confessional lyrics. Although his desire was to create an "imperfect album," listening to the album it is hard to find fault with the very focused and rewarding result. Listening to this album is a discovery.

Chris Jordan, Home News Tribune

a real treat, expansive palette of sound, undeniable weight, compelling & mature
It's a real treat, with an expansive palette of sound — from skiffle to emo to rawk. Emmich has matured both as a singer and a songwriter, with less screaming, more singing and a nuanced approach to the arrangements and melodies. But beyond what's on the surface of "Sunlight Searchparty," there's an undeniable weight, a bearing, that makes the album a compelling and mature statement of being. A statement that will resound with the listener.


I have to say, since the first time I stumbled upon Val Emmich I have been hooked. The new cd is no different. I love every song on the album and can't stop listening to it. I am pumped that I get to see him play tonight!


This CD is AWESOME!!
I am pretty new to Val Emmich's music. I saw him perform & was blown away!! I bought this CD hoping to get the incredible emotion he sings with live to come through & this CD really did it! This is a great CD of an awesome artist!! I love Val's written lyrics but the resulting song is even better on EVERY single song!! I listen daily!


great emotion
great emotion is put into the tracks with some hummor in between. songs are easy to relate to if you run on the tight stressful lonly daily life. it speaks the truth about most topics no one even thinks about


This album is completely different from what I have listened too. It is GREAT. The sound is authentic and I LOVE IT!!! It is very honest and I could relate to a lot of the songs. Val Emmich truly shows what a talented artist he is with this piece of art. I love the rawness and it feels as if one is actually there in the studio with Val and his crew. It is a MUST HAVE!!! :)


this record is fantastic! i can't stop listening to it. i have to admit that i only kind of liked slow down kid but loved val's songs so much that i thought i would give this album a listen and WHOA! it's a whole new val emmich! everything about this CD seems real to me. i didn't know the story of how it was made until i watched the awesome DVD that came with it. knowing the behind the scenes stuff only made me love this record more. seriously, all the songs are great! i can't think of the last time i bought a record and actually liked every song! thanks val! i can't wait for the next one...
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