EMA
The Future's Void


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pepe Silvia USER (24 Reviews)
May 5th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 04/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: #firstworldproblems

Three years after releasing one of 2011’s best albums EMA is back with her second record the Future’s Void. The new album deviates from the last one and you feel less like you are reading a diary and more like you're unraveling a manifesto. There is an uneasiness found in this album as certain modern afflictions don’t sit well with the band. It is in the paradigm of unequal power, whether between other humans or machines, that keeps EMA up at night.

“Feel like I blew my soul out
across the interwebs and screamed
it was a million pieces
of silver and watched them gleam
it left a hole so big inside of me
and i get terrified that
I will never get it back to me
I guess its just a modern disease”

These lyrics off of the track 3Jane speak to the core of the album. The omnipresent fear of encroaching technology you could argue is a comparable theme to Radiohead’s OK Computer. People aren’t always comfortable living in the eras they were born. Both bands would have benefited to heed Dylan’s message written long ago; the times they are a changin’.

What set EMA's first album apart was its fearlessness. It possessed the boldness which showed her creating tracks without musical or lyrical boundaries. This album isn't quite so adventurous but it does expand the sound from the last record. With musical nods to bands like Jesus and Mary Chain and Ministry the songs still drip with fuzz but many also incorporate an industrial feel as well. If you pay close attention, just behind the heavy synths and layers of distortion you can sometimes hear the humming of a moog or sweet sounding viola. Also of note are the two fairly simple guitar tracks that are surprisingly catchy and as close to pop songs as EMA has ever gotten. The final track here is the only miscarriage with the faux funeral march organ line sounding cheesy to all. Lyrically speaking familiarity with authors William Gibson and H.R. Lovecraft will help listeners be able to glean more meaning.

So what really is the future’s void? Is it isolation, poverty, depression, scientific obsolescence or some new hazard? A quick study of history reveals the interesting thing about the human condition is that our problems never actually change. What was an obstacle before will be again but often in a different form. So the future’s void is really the same as what we’ve dealt with in the past and present The way it reveals itself however is yet unknown and its that uncertainty that can drive you crazy.

“i remember when the world was divided
by a wall of concrete and a curtain of iron
still they put a man up into space
and we go there each night alone in the waste”


SIDE NOTE: NOT PART OF THE REVIEW
I sometimes dispute the relevance of this kind of album. When people project an over importance on their own anxieties. Would these issues be something you’d want to share with someone facing starvation or living in a war zone. Not only that but people who fear technology may someday look as silly as the aborigines who are afraid to be photographed. This lack of perspective can diminish my enjoyment of a record. On the other hand who am I to infer the severity of someone’s mental state. Since the mind controls the body the health of the body also can reflect the state of the mind. Therefore as a psychiatrist that charges way too much money would say we do the best we can with the cards we are dealt.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014


7491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprised no one has reviewed this yet. Really impressive record.

ExcentrifugalForz
May 5th 2014


2059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I probably would have given this a higher score but saw her live show which made the studio versions of some of these songs sound weak in comparison.

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theacademy
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May 5th 2014


28943 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sweet fucking finally

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Killerhit
May 5th 2014


5498 Comments


that fucking summary

Nikkolae
May 6th 2014


4906 Comments


yes!

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LordePots
May 6th 2014


12264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

chicks a babe. and her music good too

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scottpilgrim10
May 20th 2014


4497 Comments


It's alright.

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BertMacklinFBI
October 12th 2014


501 Comments


Going to have to check that recommendation.

LordePots
January 12th 2015


12264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn this is so bad compared to her debut holy crap. this girl needs to decide whether she wants to write country music of synth pop and then fucking stick with it

NorthernSkylark
January 12th 2015


5421 Comments


Surprised no one has reviewed this yet. Really impressive record

There were a lot of great albums this year. especially from female s/s. this was one of these that i was aware of, but just didn't get around to. will prob check soon tho

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LordePots
January 12th 2015


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Album Rating: 2.0

Really impressive record




literally the opposite of this



Surprised no one has reviewed this yet




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