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Ema / Past Life Martyred Saints
Album:Past Life Martyred Saints Collection:General
Artist:Ema Added:05/2011
Label:Souterrain Transmissions 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-08-14 Pull Date:2011-10-16 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:16 Oct9 Oct2 Oct25 Sep11 Sep4 Sep28 Aug21 Aug
Airplays:11111321

 Recent Airplay
1.May 03, 2014:Music Casserole
The Grey Ship
4.Oct 08, 2011:Music Casserole
Marked
2.Feb 07, 2013:The Sunset Life
The Grey Ship
5.Sep 29, 2011:YOUTH DEMOGRAPHIC RADIO: THE RETURN OF THE YOUFF PT. 2
Anteroom
3.Oct 11, 2011:Ghost Trees
Breakfast
6.Sep 20, 2011:Air Drop: Oh My Goth!
Anteroom

Album Review
Robo
Reviewed 2011-08-15 
EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)

EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson, formerly of Gowns): mellow indie rock singer/songwriter, but pure noise rock at times; her voice is ethereal one moment & raw the next; volatile lyrics sometimes unnerving ("I wish that every time he touched me left a mark"); this is her full-length solo debut. Compare to Pretty On The Inside-era Courtney Love or Kim Gordon's Sonic Youth songs; Love and Rockets also comes to mind.

Best tracks: 01*, 03***, 04***, 06*, & 07**

*01 "The Grey Ship" 7:15: slow-strummed acoustic guitar, minimal percussion & breathy vox open the track; quiet, low-end synth interludes combine w/ layered vox tracks; distorted guitar builds to crescendo
02 "California" 4:35 (FCC warning): slow, driving tempo, very wordy rant
***03 "Anteroom" 3:19: mid-tempo rock w/ a cappella break
***04 "Milkman" 3:21: very distorted-sounding mid-tempo piece w/ electronic drums
05 "Coda" 1:01: a cappella folk ditty with layered vox
*06 "Marked" 4:21: droning muddy guitar w/ raspy vox, synth livens track at end
**07 "Breakfast" 3:22: clean electric guitar picking, layered lullabyesque vox; picks up at end w/ guitar strumming & feedback
08 "Butterfly Knife" 3:53 (FCC warning): guitar feedback/ noise, layered ranting vox
09 "Red Star" 6:36: droning guitar, audio samples, ethereal vox transforms into 60s mid-tempo rock

Track Listing
1.The Grey Ship 5.Coda
2.California 6.Marked
3.Anteroom 7.Breakfast
4.Milkman 8.Butterfly Knife
 9.Red Star