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EMA — Outtakes From Exile (2 Feb 2018)•★• Following the release of Exile In The Outer Ring, released earlier in 2017 via City Slang, EMA has announced details of a new EP release to coincide with her dates supporting Depeche Mode early next year. Entitled Outtakes From Exile, the EP is just that, and will be released on February 2nd on City Slang. Today she shares a first track from the EP, “MopTops (Twist While The World Stops)”.
•★• EMA on “MopTops (Twist While The World Stops)”
★•★ “I made this song two years ago with my friend Severiano Martinez who also worked on Amnesia Haze and Fire Water Air LSD” comments Erika M. Anderson, aka EMA. “He does a lot of art stuff but is also edits video — my demo of this was much slower but he approached like an editor and chopped it all up and made it much faster. It was alchemy. The lyrics were improvised, I was thinking about the 50s and 60s living under the constant threat of nuclear war… People doing the twist in a red light nuclear fallout bomb blast, about the haircuts from then, “mop tops”. But now we have these two crazy world leaders with crazy hideous hair threatening to blow each other up!”
★•★ Anderson’s fourth studio album was recorded in a Portland, Oregon basement, where she painted a “portrait of The Outer Ring: A pitch~black world of dark night highways, American flags hung over basement windows, jails and revival meetings and casinos and rage,” one that “renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy.” Sounds fun.
★•★ 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. An absorbing and ambitious masterpiece that revealed a unique and feed~backed noisy guitar style, it showcased a distinctive sonic signature that sounded like nothing else around. Birth name: Erika Michelle Anderson
Born: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Location: Portland, Oregon
Album release: 2 Feb 2018
Record Label: City Slang
01. Dark Shadows 3:36
02. MopTops (Twist While The World Stops) 3:29
03. Anything Good 2:32
04. From The Love That We Made 4:52
05. Breathalyzer Instrumental (EMA Long Cut) 20:00
℗ 2017 City Slang
ANDY LINDQUIST. DECEMBER 13TH, 2017 — 9:32 PM
?♣? Erika M. Anderson, known professionally as EMA, has released a brand new song, “MopTops (Twist While The World Stops)” in addition to announcing the release of a new EP, Outtakes From Exile, set to be released on February 2nd via City Slang records. The EP is a collection of previously unreleased tracks from her most recent full-length album, Exile in the Outer Ring, which came out earlier this year, winning EMA plenty of critical acclaim for her eclectic blend of soundscapes (check out mxdwn’s review here).
?♣? “MopTops (Twist While the World Stops)” rides a slick and propulsive synth bass line along with a laid~back set of electronic percussion over which EMA soars with her trademark croon. The song also features some heavily distorted lead guitar work, adding a hard edge to portions of the track. Lyrically, the song is centered around themes of living in a world on the brink of nuclear war, as was the case in the 50’s in 60’s as tensions heightened between the USSR and USA and is the case now as the hostilities between America and North Korea continue to escalate.
?♣? EMA has become known for her outspoken political views, particularly earlier this year as claims from the singer surfaced that her regular record label, Matador, were opposed to releasing the anti~Trump themed Exile in the Outer Ring, fearing that it was too anti~mainstream. The record wound up being distributed on German label City Slang.
?♣? EMA has had a productive year, releasing a series of visually stunning music videos and receiving critical acclaim for Exile in the Outer Ring. The singer will be touring Europe this winter having landed a coveted opening spot for Depeche Mode.
?♣? EMA is the solo performing moniker of guitarist/vocalist Erika M. Anderson, who shaped her experimental voice and guitar techniques in two well~regarded underground bands before setting off on her own. Anderson, who moved to Los Angeles from South Dakota when she was 18, played guitar with folk~noise outfit Amps for Christ in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, then formed the psych~folk band Gowns in 2004 with former Mae Shi member Ezra Buchla. After making three albums, Gowns disbanded in early 2010, and Anderson began working on solo material that included that year’s Night People release, Little Sketches on Tape. Her single Grey Ship arrived about a year later and boasted a 17~minute version of Robert Johnson’s “Kind Hearted Woman” that managed to reinvent the song drastically while remaining true to its spirit. Her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, appeared on Souterrain Transmissions in mid~2011. It was widely praised in the music press and, despite minimal marketing, it led to headline tours across North America and Europe. The following year Anderson began work on her second full~length with musician Leif Shackelford in Portland, Oregon. Titled The Future’s Void, it arrived via Matador Records in April 2014. She explored the album’s concepts of virtual reality, consumerism, and identity further with I Wanna Destroy (Sacred Objects from Suburban Homes), an exhibit that incorporated Oculus Rift technology and showed at MoMA PS1 in New York and London’s Barbican. Anderson and Shackelford’s referential score to the cyberbullying film #Horror arrived at the end of 2015. Anderson worked with co~producer Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra on 2017’s Exile in the Outer Ring, an impression of nationalism, poverty, and alienation in the U.S. Midwest. ~ Heather Phares
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