To celebrate EMA’s UK tour that kick started last week, she reveals bonus track Drown online from her recent album ‘The Future’s Void’, which is out now via City Slang.
Drown shows a completely new side to EMA’s ever-evolving sound. It’s a dark industrial work that compels you to the dance floor whilst Erika’s haunting vocals echo about the ‘concept of failure’ over the top.
Erika M. Anderson first graced the limelight under the guise of EMA in May 2011, when the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released to a multitude of acclaim. After having spent time in the California underground fronting the genre-defying cult duo Gowns with Ezra Buchla, Past Life Martyred Saints offered a deeper glimpse into the world of EMA. An absorbing and ambitious masterpiece that revealed a unique and feed-backed noisy guitar style, a skill for visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos, it showcased a distinctive sonic signature that sounded like nothing else around.
If Past Life Martyred Saints was an inward exploration of human relationships and their toll, The Future’s Void catapults them out into space, both thematically and musically. The album meditates on universal themes of how we interact with the wider world and how that interaction is increasingly modified by technology. Through collaboration with Leif Shackelford on production duties, the sound of this record reflects these themes and instead of using electronics to create a polished, airless environment, Anderson’s techno-future thrashes strongly between harsh tones and paranoia, to beautiful colour bursts and mellow guitar strums.
EMA continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011 and puts her back into the public consciousness once again in 2014.
You can catch EMA live on the following dates:
03 June London, UK – The Garage*
04 June Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge*
05 June Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club*
06 June Bristol, UK – The Lantern*
*with support from Colleen Green