(photo : Erika M. Anderson)
In early 2014, Matador will be releasing the 2nd album from Portland-based EMA, ‘The Future’s Void’, the followup to 2011’s widely acclaimed ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’ (Souterrain Transmissions) (*- City Slang will be releasing ‘The Future’s Void’ in Europe). The first publicly available track from the new album, “Satellites”, is available today via iTunes.
“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.
The track also 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.”
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.