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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 - 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

EMA : Western USA Dates + September Shows Supporting Spoon



(photo by Marjolein Hoornaert)

After a successful European jaunt, the next leg of EMA's US touring in support of 'The Future's Void' kicks off tonight in beautiful Boise, ID (dates and links for tickets can be found below).  In September, EMA will opening a week of midwestern dates for Spoon.

6/23  Boise, ID  The Crux ++
6/24   Salt Lake City    Kilby Court
6/25   Denver, CO      Lost Lake Lounge*
6/27  Albuquerque, NM     Low Spirits*
6/28 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom*
6/29 San Diego, CA Casbah*
7/1 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour*++
7/2  San Francisco, CA The Independent*

*Mas Ysa
++ All Ages

9/16 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater w / Spoon
9/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre w/ Spoon
9/18 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre w/ Spoon
9/19 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre w/ Spoon
9/20 St. Louis, MO @ Pageant w/ Spoon
9/21 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall w/ Spoon
9/23 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom w/ 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

 

WATCH: EMA + THE CREATORS PROJECT



"I didn't set out to try and make a topical record about the internet and technology. It felt really taboo and weird and I felt embarrassed about it, but it was also this thing that was so obviously prevalent in my life and in everyone else's life that I can't just pretend that it doesn't exist and write a love song about driving in a car or something."

The Creators Project sat down with Erika M. Anderson and Leif Shackelford of EMA to delve into the writing and recording of The Future's Void. Read more here and watch the revealing video piece below:



EMA is on the road. Tour dates below:

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

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

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