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  • The Future's Void - OLE-1054 - 2014-04-08

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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

EMA: Tour With Spoon Starts Tonight, Headlining Dates To Follow



(photo by Mike Hughes)

EMA is back on the road today, with several shows in the Midwest supporting Spoon. Starting the 27th (in Cleveland), the band will be on a run of headlining dates including NYC's Bowery Ballroom and a homecoming show at Mississippi Studios in Portland.

ICYMI: "False Flag" & "Neuromancer" (From "The Late Show With David Letterman)
Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel, Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
* w/ Spoon
** w/ Doldrums
The Future’s Void is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

EMA - "False Flag"



"False Flag" (via New Hive)
It takes some gumption to put out a song like this on September 11th, especially as it explicitly references the World Trade Cener attacks and identifies 9/11 as the day that has shaped the direction of the world in the 13 years since the Twin Towers came down. This isn’t exactly a revolutionary observation, of course — there’s a whole lot of shit that’s happened post-9/11 that you can trace back to that crazy, terrifying day, for better or worse, and politicians everywhere were quick to exploit its potential as a pretext for a lot of policy that might otherwise have been indefensible. This isn’t revisionist thinking, either — as early as October 2001, people were decrying the way that the Bush government politicized the tragedy and used it as the pretext for a whole lot of questionable policy, both foreign and domestic. What’s most interesting to me about “False Flag,” though, is that it’s the first song I’ve heard about the experience of growing up in the shadow of 9/11. On her Twitter, EMA called the song a “lost generation take on 9/11,” and the lyrics deal with something that few artists so far have done a particularly good job of approaching: the fact that the millennial generation is the first one in many years to grow up with no expectation that the world they inherit will be on an upward trajectory. The oil’s running out, the planet’s heating up, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting screwed. It’s may or may not actually be all doom and gloom, of course, but there’s a stark difference between the direction the world is heading for the millennials and the direction it was headed for several generations that preceded them. - Tom Hawking, "Well, Here’s the 21st-Century Protest Song You’ve Been Asking For", Flavorwire
EMA on tour : Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL* Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI* Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI* Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN* Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO* Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS* Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK* Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY** Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (* - with Spoon) The Future's Void is available on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store. http://www.thefuturesvoid.net https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_# http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

VIDEO : EMA - "Neuromancer" (from "The Late Show With David Letterman")



(video courtesy CBS / "The Late Show With David Letterman")


The Future's Void is available on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store.

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

EMA : Tonight On CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman"



(photo by Deb Del Grande)

EMA's national TV debut happens tonight on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 pm Eastern, 10:35pm central).  Dave's other guests tonight are Howie Handel and Rachel Maddow, and i'm hopeful someone in our PR dept. can get my St. Elsewhere Original Cast Album signed (preferably by Maddow). 

Back to the road after that : 

Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* - with Spoon)


The Future's Void is available  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and should be ordered immediately from The Matador Store.

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

EMA - New North American Dates



EMA's next batch of North American dates --- including several opening for Spoon in larger auditoriums, banquet halls, aircraft hangers, etc. --- start Septemer 16 with tickets currently on sale.

If you missed it back in April, Sasha Frere-Jones' New Yorker profile ("Improv Everywhere ; EMA flirts with chaos") is now available for reading sans subscription. 

Saturday, July, 26 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Sunday, August, 17 – Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland OR 
Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* - with Spoon)


The Future's Void is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

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

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