SIGNS TO CITY SLANG (EUROPE) AND MATADOR (REST OF WORLD)
SECOND ALBUM ‘THE FURTURE’S VOID’ OUT SPRING 2014
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. New album ‘The Future’s Void’ is set for release in Spring 2014.
The track 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.
Praise for 'Past Life Of Martyred Saints' album:
“Phenomenal debut album” 5/5 - Sunday Times
“Blending roughness with beauty could be said to be EMA’s thing” 4/5 - Uncut
“Deliriously woozy thrill-ride” 4/5 - Mojo
“She’s already sailed miles past the ‘bright hope’ stage and is well on her way to lo-fi legend” - Time Out
“Dark, devilish and utterly intriguing, this is an album to lose yourself in” 4/5 - The Fly
“Masterful handling of each of the nine tracks makes this a truly one-off debut” 4/5 - The Sun
“EMA’s raw power serves heartening evidence of a tough, fearless talent” - The Independent
“9/10” - Loud & Quiet
“4/5” - Financial Times
“A whole heap of Americana awesome” - NME
“An enchanting listen… EMA could well become a new icon” - Qthemusic
“Packed with epiphanies it may be, but this album invites one more: that of the listener discovering it” - The Quietus
“You're sucked into an ornate vortex of a true artist, who is not just making songs but building a planet for us to inhabit” - DiS
“EMA: she's curse-inducingly good” - The Guardian
“Past Life Martyred Saints is a remarkably accomplished record” 4/5 - The Skinny
“She’s a wonder to behold” - Pitchfork