- The Future's Void - OLE-1054 - 2014-04-08
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”).
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EMA's original score for the #HORROR is officially out today. Fact Magazine premiered the music video for “Amnesia Haze” which was directed by Severiano Martinez & EMA. "We were looking for a track to fit in a scene for #HORROR where Chloe's character opens up her closet for all the girls to play dress up. Severiano had this instrument and I fell in love with it and wrote the top line. Although it has a very "pretty" ethereal pop sound to it, I think of the lyrics as almost a eulogy. Kind of my 21st century version of 'Sweet Child of Mine'. Although of course my guitar solo is not quite Slash-worthy. For the video we wanted something expansive, pristine and vast. I feel like these landscapes represent the distance of memory and some sort of unbreakable bond." Purchase the #HORROR soundtrack: http://smarturl.it/EMAHorroriTunes Or stream it: http://smarturl.it/EMAHorrorStream
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"Amnesia Haze" is the first track shared EMA's original score for the movie #Horror. The film is out today and the full score will be released December 11th. It is directed by Tara Subkoff. Trailer shown after the break. Track List: 1. Hashtag Horror Theme 2. Visions Of Blood 3. Amnesia Haze 4. Surrender, Michael 5. Whispers 6. Harshmallow World 7. Locust Strings 8. Danger Theme 9. Cat In The Woods 10. Running Danger 11. Dr White In The Woods 12. Dr White In The House 13. Foreshadowing Pain 14. The Girls Were Really Mean 15. Soul Cycle 16. Horror #2 17. Spooky Fingers 18. #Exit Music EMA ONLINE Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere Twitter - https://twitter.com/emathorstar Instagram - https://instagram.com/_ema_usa_/ Tumblr - http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
any kid in america with a gun and a phone and a wallet any kid in america any kid in america walk in and you sell them a bullet any kid in america armed good guys are a myth never saved no one from shit armed good guys are a myth never saved no one anyone in america wrong time wrong place in a hallway anyone in america angry white boys get uptight got no right to end a life got no right to end a lifeLyrics by EMA. Music by Alexandra Atnif and EMAI did not produce this video. The footage is from an “active shooter” video made by the Mount Pleasant Police Department in Mount Pleasant, Texas. It was made for training purposes. It was shot in a middle school. There are dozens of these videos online, including ones made by Homeland Security and the LA Sheriff’s department. They urge every day Americans to be prepared in all situations in case a mass shooting breaks out.New Hive
Tonight : EMA's Deep Lab Residency At The New Museum : "Does It Still Feel Weird If I Use My Hands?"
(EDITOR'S NOTE : EMA's performance tonight at New Inc. (see below) is sold out)"Does It Still Feel Weird If I Just Use My Hands?" NEW INC, 231 Bowery NYC Friday, May 29, 2015 A performance by experimental rock musician EMA On her critically-acclaimed LP The Future's Void, Erika M. Anderson (EMA) unveiled songs about surveillance, data mining ,and internet privacy, all written before Snowden fled to Russia. The New York Times called her "a technological prophet in her own time." In conjunction with the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab's residency at NEW INC during the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY festival, Anderson investigates these themes again with a decidedly lighter touch. Responding to the festival theme of the “Invisible City,” Anderson draws on her experiences as a substitute teacher to re-interpret surveillance through a lo-fi approach. "Does It Still Feel Weird If I Just Use My Hands" investigates privacy, representation, and surveillance using paper and pencil instead of cameras and computers. "I was inspired by Jason Polan's attempt to draw everyone in NYC. Since some of it is done surreptitiously, it's kind of a form of surveillance. But because it's done by hand, it feels loving instead of sinister." For this experimental performance, Anderson will provide a soundtrack and drawings of her own, which will be manipulated in real-time via the audio-visual app Generate (NEW INC members) to create an immersive projection environment. Audience participation is encouraged.EMA will also be appearing at London's Barbican Centre on Tuesday July 7 ("I Wanna Destroy (Sacred Objects from Suburban Homes)"), and tickets are still available. The Future's Void is available on CD, Cassette and LP lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store. iwannadestroy.com Twitter Tumblr Facebook New Hive Instagram
Last September, Erika M. Anderson released 'Back To The Void', a Hive Zine that delved deep into the writing process of The Future's Void in an incredibly vivid and unique way. Another expansion of the album will come with 'I Wanna Destroy.' I Wanna Destroy is a Virtual Reality environment built in collaboration with Portland-based developer Zach Krausnick and the software company Chroma. This virtual world uses 3D game mechanics to articulate experiences not often explored in mainstream gaming; including guilt, nostalgia, family, and transcendence. Audience members explore a changing 3D environment, while their experiences are projected before the entire audience. EMA providse a live score, working to meld semi-acoustic instruments and lyrical content into a digital world. More information and tickets can be found here.
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