Press

Introduced by the keyboard motif and a jangly guitar, ‘Almost Outta Here’ is an instant indie hit.” - Steve Fenton

Phonotonal

Essential Machine’s Exponential Crisis is a lovely and engaging collection of grandiose, far-reaching indie rock tunes.” - Aaron Eisenreich

Get Alternative

This song feels nostalgic and longing in all the best ways – ever-so-slightly forlorn vocals howl over the indie rock backbone that’s as upbeat as it is nervous.” - Nick Sessanna on Almost Outta Here

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Essential Machine is an indie rock trio from Pittsburgh composed of RJ (lead vocals/guitar), Kare (drums), and their son Robert (keys/bass synth/vocals). 

An unexpected perk of being a nuclear family band is that when the world shuts down, you can shelter in place together and write a new album. This is how Essential Machine’s latest EP Exponential Crisis came to be. After tracking drums with Jake Hanner at his studio, RJ and Robert tracked, mixed, and mastered Exponential Crisis. The seven tracks, set for release May 20, 2022 from Lemon Tree Records, find the band reflecting on isolation, ambition, and the darker side of what it means to be human.