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EMA

EMA

When: Tue., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $39.50
The Future’s Void (Matador), the second full-length from EMA, is brooding and prophetic, its vast sound as bottomless as the future. Erika M. Anderson’s vocals often seethe within towering walls of high-octane noise and dark, industrial folk—the raw rhythms and feverish ravings of “Neuromancer,” for instance, recall Michael Gira’s most ethereal moments. But for every “Neuromancer” there’s a “When She Comes,” which drapes Anderson’s airy vocals over a cozy, dreamy four-chord acoustic-guitar line and ends with the words “It’s not too long we’re in this world / So what’d you even come here for.” The bleak, haunting arrangements are frequently sparse, despite the omnipresence of fuzzy backing tracks, so that Anderson has to carry the songs alone with her voice—a task she executes with ease. —Kevin Warwick
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