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Erika M. Anderson’s debut album as EMA is out next week, so she’s released a second cut from Past Life Martyred Saints. It’s got more muscles than her hypnotic, droning single California. Have a listen and grab the track: EMA – Milkman. Past life Martyred Saints is out 5/10 via Souterrain Transmissions.
The album is a culmination of female vocal power, with Anderson borrowing, recreating, and updating a sound that so many females before her have revolutionized. Despite the often dull music, the album is an overall cohesive success.
Dumb dumb My lips are numb My tongue is blazing My tongue is plumb Need you, come inside I'm gasping Your eyes With your eyes. He's the milkman He brings you your milk He can see through All your charms and still. Comes at morning He comes in the dawn Eyes can see you Barefoot on the lawn. He's the milkman He knows what you do Gives it to you But I can see right through. Written By EMA. Past Life Martyred Saints EMA.
New video from the singer’s acclaimed album ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’. The music video for "Milkman," the new single from recent Rolling Stone Artist to Watch EMA, is overloaded with surreal, colorful imagery in which the noise-folk songwriter slaps her knees to the beat, brandishes an ax, zaps alternate versions of herself and drips with painty, milky fluid. It's a trippy clip, and rather well suited to the song, which has a similarly hysterical, super-saturated quality. RELATED: EMA’s Spellbinding Noise-Folk Confessionals.
Listen to EMA's new track, Milkman. Milkman is wounded and damaged, and overflows with a kind of fervid angst that isn’t seen all that often in music these days. The obvious comparison here is to Sleigh Bells, but that is a bit of a misnomer; While both acts employ massive guitars and jackhammer percussion, EMA uses all her wattage to exorcise something darker than Sleigh Bells’ bacchanalian shenanigans. A better comparison is to Karen O at her most wild-eyed, or Sleater-Kinney at their most raw-artists whose intensity dares the audience not to look away.
More Great Music Videos. Album opener "The Grey Ship" is a nod to the Viking funeral ships of EMA's ancestors, and while pop logic dictates the tune is divided into two parts one sunny and strummy and the other low-lit and dramatic the recording also switches up from lo-fi to hi-fi. Just listen for the BASS DROP. The song also features appearances from Buchla and Corey Fogel of Gowns.