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EMA Reveals Bonus Track, Drown

To celebrate EMA’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

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EMA Tour and Nirvana Cover

Now about half way through her European tour, EMA (AKA Erika M Anderson) has recently released her single Anteroom on September 19 alongside a cover of Nirvana’s Endless Nameless.

EMA’s cover of Endless Nameless is strange, to say the least. Mixing her sometimes muffled vocals with extremely distorted and heavy rock sounds makes for some rather odd music, much like the original.

If I’m perfectly honest, I can’t understand a word she’s singing and this track gives me a headache but I don’t think that’s necessarily her cover, the original also hurts my ears.

Not one my favourite Nirvana tracks as it just sounds like some drunk has come in to the studio and trashed it with all the equipment plugged in but others like it and I’m sure others will appreciate this cover too. It’s not for me though.

EMA will be playing these remaining dates on her European tour:
Thur 22 Berlin Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg (w/Ganglians)
Fri 23 Hamburg Germany Reeperbahn Festival
Sat 24 Koln Germany Gerbuade 9
Sun 25 Frankfurt Germany Offenbach
Tue 27 Kufstein Austria
Wed 28 Vienna Austria Badeschiff (Waves Festival)
Thur 29 St. Gallen Switzerland Palace St. Gallen
Fri 30 Dudigen Switzerland Bad Bonn
Sat 01 Brussels Belgium Orangerie
Wed 23 London, Heaven (w/Zola Jesus)
Thur 24 Manchester, Academy 3 (w/Zola Jesus)

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