Emika
Emika


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
October 5th, 2011 | 89 replies | 12,539 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shockingly cathartic and frigid, but also shockingly brilliant, Emika's long awaited debut is a thing of fragile and, at times, dazed beauty

Unstable might just be the best way to describe Emika's self-titled debut, and perhaps the artist as well. As her thoughts briefly chime in over the litany of clattering bass and broken beats you get a clear sense that perhaps not all is right here, that what may lie at the bottom of this particular rabbit hole might, in fact, bite back. And it's that kind of disguised and perceived violence that makes Emika such an intriguing listen, like watching a car crash unfold from a safe distance. That she might snap and start screaming the paint off the walls at any given moment remains perhaps the driving force of this album, even more so than the mysterious beats that frame her damaged psyche. These beats, owing just as much to dubstep as to that mysterious darkwave inspired collective of individuals referred to by lesser minds as witch house, are just as on the fringe as their master; they're frantic and loose, shivering and disturbed. They don't so much as shine as they seem to exist in their own little world, their own orbit. They're creepy and sinister, drenched in psychotic sweat and dripping with malevolence.

While opener '3 Hours' starts off as a kind of robotic pop contraption, it swaps the obvious futurist ideal for something bordering more on the gothic as it spins a fractured take on lo-fi techno. Recent single 'Professional Loving' is more brooding and unrelenting, beginning in an innocent stupor before drinking itself crazy under a cloud of murky bass that come the end threatens to rise up and engulf the music box melody; which leads right into 'Be My Guest', an instrumental piece equally disturbed with its restless shakiness and disturbed bass. Both 'Count Backwards' and 'Double Edge' return here still retaining both their potency, with the former an initially soothing slow-burner of chainsaw melodies and ghostly musings. The latter is perhaps the most obvious attempt at normality, the clipped beats a touch more sublime as Emika touches on the indefinable and inescapable, the unseen ghosts and rumors that populate her world. 'Pretend' is another demented twist on the dancefloor niche, still more hellcat than heavenly inviting though.

Which perhaps is the perfect summary for this album; it's alluring for all the wrong reasons, and seems to be comprised of all the things we don't wish to talk about. Yes, it's dark and at times frighteningly cold, but like a bandaged doll it still seems to yearn for attention and love. It's shockingly cathartic and frigid, but also shockingly brilliant. Be it the furious pounding bass of the dubstep angle she toys with, or the amorphous dark ambient she seems to wallow in, whatever led you to Emika's debut LP will also leave you breathless.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


Professional Loving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxXS6WbO1HY
Double Edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlS6Uy4-Re8&feature=related
3 Hours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd2Ogts9ZXQ

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FelixCulpa
October 5th 2011



1236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Will definitively check this out. Her remix of Tobin's Surge was pretty neat. Did not know she had a
debut coming this year. Also pos'd.
Edit: Listened to the tracks and this sounds really good. Thanks for shedding some light on the album
Dev.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


No probs, had a feeling she'd go unnoticed here otherwise

defjaw83
October 5th 2011



1763 Comments


Never heard of her. Sounds amazing.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


Rules etc

defjaw83
October 5th 2011



1763 Comments


They're creepy and sinister, drenched in psychotic sweat and dripping with malevolence


This gets me excited

pizzamachine
October 5th 2011



12568 Comments


Both of your reviews have no period in the summary. Intentional?

jrowa001
October 5th 2011



8749 Comments


this is exactly what i have been searching the internet for, thanks for reviewing this! checked out the songs and this is great stuff. definitely going to get this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


My summaries hardly ever have periods in them

foxblood
October 5th 2011



6797 Comments


didn't think this would be my sort of thing but so far i'm liking it. it's so cold and broken, but still oddly intimate

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011



23649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dev would I like this? I cant load those youtube videos right now. I'll be able to later tonight but for now, do you think I'd dig this?

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Leatherneck
October 5th 2011



660 Comments


http://www.cooltoons2.com/agu/stills/emica.jpg

ItsMyTail
October 5th 2011



5 Comments


Definitely going to check this one out!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


Worth a check Aids

Acanthus
October 5th 2011



9510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is surprising me, I think I'm going to have to get it.

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jrowa001
October 5th 2011



8749 Comments


Come Catch Me ftw

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


8]

Acanthus
October 5th 2011



9510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"3 Hours" is amazing, as is "Double Edge."

Restrikted
October 5th 2011



1889 Comments


i really need to get this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2011



30297 Comments


Good to see people are digging this



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