EMA has unveiled a new track Satellites after recently signing to Berlin-label City Slang (Europe) and Matador (Rest of World). It’s the first new music from the Portland-based artist since the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saint’s was released to a multitude of acclaim in May 2011. The new album The Future’s Void is set for release in Spring 2014.
Satellites introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. Satellites explores the places where everyone has equal access but is also under constant surveillance: “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”
Taken from her anticipated second album The Future’s Void, due for release in Spring 2014, via new label City Slang (for Europe, and Matador for the rest of the world), Satellites hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, Satellites bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.
With Satellites, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011 and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.