Intense, fierce and a welcome departure from past ventures

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Album Review: EMA - 'Past Life Martyred Saints'

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Album Review: EMA – ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’

As frontperson of [b]Gowns[/b], [a]EMA[/a] (then Erika M Anderson) proffered no-wave folk that was unforgettably frank. Now she’s back on her own.

“[i]Fuck California[/i]”, she spits on first single [b]‘California’[/b], “[i]you made me boring/I bled all my blood out, but these red pants they don’t show that[/i]”, suggesting her departure from Gowns wasn’t all bunting and [b]‘Sorry You’re Going!’[/b] cards.

And whether it’s over a messy suicide ([b]‘Butterfly Knife’[/b]) or giving the final death-kick to a flagging relationship ([b]‘Red Star’[/b]), her perceptive glare is intense and unrelenting. A new, added tunefulness makes this a much-welcome Exile In Nihilist-ville.

Priya Elan

[b]8/10[/b]

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