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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

REMINDER: EMA & Cat Power Playing Shows in NYC This Sunday

For those living or visiting NYC this weekend, you will have a chance to see EMA at Bowery Ballroom and Cat Power in Central Park as part of Modern Sky Festival. I'm not going to suggest that you choose one or the other, because if you hustle -- you can make it to both shows. Details below:



Cat Power is headlining Day 2 of MSF, which will be held at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. She and her band are set to play at 7:45 pm. Other bands playing the festival Sunday include: The Both, Omnipotent Youth Society, Lenka, Queen Sea Big Shark, Shuh Tou, Second Hand Rose, and Stars.

Tickets here



EMA is wrapping up a row of headlining dates (shown above) with a stop at Bowery Ballroom. Montreal's Doldrums and New York's The Point will be opening. Tickets are available here. There are a few more shows later this month, shown below.

If you have not yet checked out the 34-page online zine Back To the Void, make the time. It's amazing and should not be missed.



Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

EMA: Multi-Media Zine 'Back To The Void', Blogotheque session debuts



On September 11th EMA released bonus track "False Flag" which she describes as her "lost generation take on 9/11" on New Hive. Following up that important track, she has put together a 34 page multi-media zine Back To The Void. This zine "demonstrates how it feels to go from being relatively unknown to having a larger online presence, and how it feels when your online self slips out of your control."
“At the tail end of 2011, in the middle of winter, I had a disturbing psychedelic experience where I became convinced that there was a Neuromancer inside of my brain,” says EMA.

“One of the things that unmoored me most was slowly losing control of my self-image. I started out taking most of my own press photos and creating a great deal of the imagery associated with my record...And then somewhere along the line things began to slip...Magazines wanted exclusive photos...I became self-conscious. I wore more makeup. I put a hand on my hip. I parted my lips ever so slightly...While there is something undeniably pleasing about seeing a beautiful image of yourself, overall I felt ashamed...I’d even seen it happen to many of the female artists who I had idolized as a teen. They started out grubby and raw and became increasingly polished. It can happen to anyone. I just fucking hated when it started happening to me.”
Take in Back Into The Void here.
In other EMA news, Blogothèque posted their latest 'Take Away Show' earlier today, featuring "Cthulu" and "Dead Celebrity" which filmed last month at Jungle Design in New York City. Watch the Derrick Belchm-directed session below. The band just wrapped up a week of dates supporting Spoon in the mid-west. Still on tour, headlining dates begin tonight in Springfield. 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/ 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: 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

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