EMA is the solo project of Erika M. Anderson, formerly one-half of Gowns (along with The Mae Shi’s Ezra Buchla). They released the very good Red State before breaking up in early 2010. Anderson’s new solo project is not too far a jump from the haunting sounds she put together with Buchla in Gowns. (And it’s certainly not as different as Buchla’s projects were.) You may have already heard “The Grey Ship” via our monthly mix. “California” begins with Anderson declaring “fuck California,” before running down a series of conversational fragments and memories (“What’s it like to be small town and gay?” “I’m just 22/I don’t mind dying” “I used to carry a gun”) over crashing, slow waves of sound. She stares at the camera, smiles, gestures, and holds your attention for the duration of this simple video. It’s good to see that she’s kept the intensity that Gowns were known for. Watch:
Past Life Martyred Saints is out 5/10 via Souterrain Transmissions.