EMA - The Future's Void

Limited Edition Violet Coloured Vinyl LP Record

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The Future’s Void is the third studio album by American singer / songwriter and guitarist Erika M Anderson (also known as EMA), former lead singer of the noise-folk band Gowns, released in 2014 by Matador Records.

The Future’s Void is notably more austere than EMA’s 2011 debut. This time, EMA shuts the door on personal recollections of youth and romance and only one song here, So Blonde, revisits her familiar lo-fi sound.

Instead, the former Gowns vocalist deals with universal themes of privacy invasion and technology’s ever-growing influence on human interaction.

Satellites, the industrial opener, addressing Russian surveillance over its neighbouring former Soviet states, instantly distances its creator from the grungy upstart of her past.

Neuromancer attacks the share-all culture of social networking, backed by a furious and metallic Nine Inch Nails rattle. Solace, meanwhile, has a bass-heavy techno undercurrent. This shift to a starker, machine-led sound is in opposition to EMA’s easy way with a pop hook, a contrast that’s most effective on Smoulder, where her melodies scribble over the synthetic gridlines.

These same melodies are given more freedom to roam on the sparse, string-tinged arrangement of 100 Years, and they positively bloom amidst the swell of 3Jane. The latter is a slow-burning torch ballad about the accelerated internet exposure she received for her last album and The Future’s Void’s most introspective song.

These pockets of soul bearing act as tangible moments of emotion amongst the austerity, but also serve to highlight the weightiness of their surrounding environment. EMA has blogged that to make this record she’d “avoided almost all contact with the outside world”. How paradoxical that she’s returned with her most outward-looking work to date.

This album is a limited edition on violet coloured vinyl with a printed inner sleeve and printed insert, pressed in the US via Matador Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Satellites

4:18

A2

So Blonde

3:23

A3

3Jane

4:34

A4

Cthulu

5:27

A5

Smoulder

5:08

B1

Neuromancer

4:15

B2

When She Comes

3:39

B3

100 Years

5:11

B4

Solace

4:18

B5

Dead Celebrity

3:18

SKU 744861105411
Record Label Matador Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number OLE-1054-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 08 April 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 08 April 2014
Barcode # 744861105411
Shipping Weight 0.3100kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Violet Coloured Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Printed Insert
Vinyl Colour Violet
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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