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Matador Records is even more pleased and excited than usual to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released worldwide (ex-Europe) by Matador on April 8 (via City Slang in Europe April 7). The followup to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album deals with the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” video. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”.  This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats. There’s further details on the making of the “Satellites” video here (“we shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect”).

News From The Matablog

TUNE IN NOW: EMA LIVE ON KEXP

Tune in today at 9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST to 90.3FM or KEXP.org to hear EMA live on The Morning Show from The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

'The Future's Void' was officially released yesterday! Support your local record store OR order  'The Future’s Void' directly from us on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl available), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.



The band will be hitting the road later this month. Previously announced dates below:

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

'THE FUTURE'S VOID' IS OUT NOW



The time is now. Facebook bought Oculus Rift  for $2 billion two weeks ago.  Erika wrote "Satellites" pre-NSA/Snowden. This record is about the time we are living in right now. 'The Future's Void' is officially out today and not a moment too soon.

Erika posted the lyrics to the record on her blog as well as made a statement. See below:

 Like the best of rock lyrics, my intention was that many of these words and lines can be interpreted in different ways.  This includes puns or phrases that take on double meanings as they are repeated.  Similar to “The Future’s Void”…  (solace/soulless, earn/urn, my Lucifer/might loose some fur, etc)

 A few of these songs I pored over and edited heavily, but most of them were written through improvisation and quite often the take where the lyrics are still being written is the one that ended up on the track.  I like the urgency of that “first take” vibe, and I like the quality of something that is being created in the moment.  I feel like there is a simplicity and a truth to it, and that often gets taken away if you spend too much time consciously editing.







Pop in your local record store, choice of digital outlet OR order  'The Future’s Void' directly from us on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

ATTN NYC: EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11.  The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing  ‘The Future’s Void’ at one of the following NYC record stores:
Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

previously announced US  tour dates:

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
 Trust also support on May 4
 Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

 http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA : 'The Future's Void' Streaming via NPR's "First Listen" / Free Brooklyn Show Details



"Blending the expansive vision of speculative fiction with the often personal approach of gender-troubling indie rock, The Future's Void is not so much a concept record as a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float, some familiar and some weird. Musically, it blends the digital and analog in uncanny ways that unsettle any one interpretation." That's Ann Powers' take on EMA's 'The Future's Void', and 8 days in advance of the North American release of said LP/CD/digital album, NPR's "First Listen" is streaming the full album here.



As mentioned in this space last week , EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11.  The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing  'The Future's Void' at one of the following NYC record stores starting Tuesday, April 8 :

Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

The Future's Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there's a shirt bundle, too.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

EMA - "3Jane" Track Premiere, Union Pool Show On April 11.



(photo credit : Erika M. Anderson / Leif Shackelford)

In advance of April 8th's release of the new EMA LP/CD/digital album 'The Future's Void', here's a premiere of one of the album's standout tracks, "3Jane".




from Erika :
No one was really ever that mean to me on the internet. I never had that “thing” that happens when you wake up one morning and somehow your life is ruined because a mortifying picture goes viral or a “funny” tweet becomes horribly misread. Sure, there were bitchy things in the comments of videos, but organized trolls never unleashed a wave of death threats on me, and only a few people suggested that I kill myself. So the internet never actually did that to me. But it did that to somebody. And now we all have this stupid crippling fear that someday it will happen to us. And the likelihood increases as you move from relative obscurity to becoming more broadly visible on the internet. There are more cameras on you, more chances to be quoted saying something stupid, and more people out there who relish seeing successful people disgraced and dethroned. Do you have that fear yet? Do you want it? Another thing that really fucked me up is that somewhere along the way I feel like I lost control of my image. I feel very confident in making the music I want to make, but I’m not a Mouseketeer. I can try to do it all myself but I run out of time. I don’t know how to pose for a photographer and sometimes when I’m in front of somebody else’s camera I don’t know what to do. So I would do the thing that I had seen before a million times in fashion mags and advertisements because I wanted to do a “good job.” And little by little, these pictures became more sexy and pouty until I didn’t recognize myself anymore. And those images went all around, and the bold-faced pull quotes from articles that didn’t quite get it right were right there next to the too sexy images until they became a thing both separate from me and also made up of me. I got weird disassociation. I got a weird neuromancer and I dyed my hair black and unplugged. Disassociation is a modern disease I didn’t set out to write this song and I didn’t know when I wrote it a year ago that right now it would be ok to talk about the internet, because at the time it felt forbidden and shameful to talk about. It just all came out in a flood, a stream of consciousness. And I’m still kind of self-conscious that I said those things out loud. But I don’t think these feelings are unique to me, and I often find that the things that scare and embarrass you are the things that are worth saying. At the end of the day all I can really do is tell the truth, the truth of what happened and how it made me feel. And if at that point, if you wanna call me a cunt in the youtube comments, that’s on you. PS –so i wanted this missive to be perfect but instead i kind of just partied IRL. I found myself suddenly with friends and we are imbibing and watching funny videos and laughing. So that’s why this post is a little raw. And I think I’m ok with that.
EMA will be playing Brooklyn's Union Pool on Friday, April 11. The Future's Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there's a shirt bundle as well. http://www.thefuturesvoid.net https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_# http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere previously announced US tour dates after the jump : Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN - The High Watt Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA - Great Scott Saturday, May 17 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival Sunday, May 18 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee Monday, May 19 - Stavanger, Norway - Stavanger Folken Wednesday, May 21 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich Thursday, May 22 - Koln, Germany - Blue Shell Friday, May 23 - Berlin, Germany - Prince Charles Sunday, May 25 - Padova, Italy - Macello Monday, May 26 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti Tuesday, May 27 - Marina di Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi Wednesday, May 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Bogen Friday, May 30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Saturday, May 31 - Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby Festival Sunday, June 1 - Gent, Belgium - DOK-Box Monday, June 2 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere Tuesday, June 3 - London, UK - The Garage Wednesday, June 4 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute Thursday, June 5 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell Social Club Friday, June 6 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10 Trust also support on May 4 Mas Ysa supports June 23 - July 2

Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin's Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception



The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway).   Please be advised that events marked "*" are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf).  I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.

EMA

Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm  (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm*  (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm *  (Switched On/Moog)

Fucked Up

Thursday  March 13 - Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday  March 13 - Scoot Inn, 4pm  (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 - French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 - Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)

Perfume Genius

Thursday March 13 - St. David's Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)

Kurt Vile 

Wednesday March 12 - Cheer Up Charlie's, midnight*
Thursday March 13 - Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 - Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 - Red 7, 12:50am*

The Young

Saturday, March 15 - Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 - Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm

Music & Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DvV1eYRKRNY

Artwork
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Tour Dates

  • April 2014
  • Thu - 24 Washington Rock & Roll Hotel
  • Fri - 25 New York Mercury Lounge
  • Sat - 26 Philadelphia Voyuer
  • Sun - 27 Chapel Hill Local 506
  • Tue - 29 Atlanta Drunken Unicorn
  • Wed - 30 Nashville The High Watt
  • May 2014
  • Thu - 1 Madison High Noon Saloon
  • Sun - 4 Chicago Empty Bottle
  • Mon - 5 Detroit Magic Stick Lounge
  • Tue - 6 Toronto The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
  • Wed - 7 Montreal Il Motore
  • Fri - 9 Brooklyn Rough Trade
  • Sat - 10 Allston Great Scott
  • Sat - 17 Aarhus Pop Revo Festival
  • Sun - 18 Oslo John Dee
  • Mon - 19 Stavanger Stavanger Folken
  • Wed - 21 Germany Uebel & Gefahrlich
  • Thu - 22 Koln Blue Shell
  • Fri - 23 Berlin Prince Charles
  • Sun - 25 Padova Macello
  • Mon - 26 MarinadiRavenna Hana Bi
  • Wed - 28 Zurich Bogen
  • Fri - 30 Amsterdam Paradiso
  • Sat - 31 Mannheim Maifeld Derby Festival
  • June 2014
  • Sun - 1 Gent DOB-Box
  • Mon - 2 Paris Le Point Ephemere
  • Tue - 3 London The Garage
  • Wed - 4 Manchester Deaf Institute
  • Thu - 5 Leeds Brudnell Social Club
  • Fri - 6 Bristol The Lantern
  • Mon - 23 Boise The Crux
  • Tue - 24 Salt Lake City Kilby Court
  • Wed - 25 Denver Lost Lake
  • Fri - 27 Albuquerque Low Spirits
  • Sat - 28 Phoenix The Crescent Ballroom
  • Sun - 29 San Diego The Casbah
  • July 2014
  • Tue - 1 West Hollywood Troubadour
  • Wed - 2 San Francisco The Independent