Emerson Star’s feel for nimble, ’60s-inspired guitar pop was displayed on their 2014 debut “Let It Burn,” a full-length strong on melody and harmony that didn’t venture much outside the box. The first song from the quintet’s forthcoming new EP, however, takes all Emerson Star’s pieces and assembles them in a surprising way. “Great Escaper” is a slow-building tune that starts with a peripatetic drumbeat, adds vocals and mixes in a scratchy guitar before blossoming into a full-on psych-pop jam about the 2-minute mark. The song is the work of founding members Taylor and Shannon Inouye and Sean Thomas, who began as an acoustic trio, and bassist Garret Lang and drummer Colin Fahrner. There’s no release date set yet for the EP, but here’s hoping for more great escapes.
||| Stream: “Great Escaper”
||| Live: Emerson Star continue their Tuesday night residency tonight at Harvard & Stone.