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EMA is the solo performing moniker of guitarist/vocalist Erika M. Anderson, who shaped her experimental voice and guitar techniques in two well-regarded underground bands before setting off on her own. Anderson, who moved to Los Angeles from South Dakota when she was 18, played guitar with folk-noise outfit Amps for Christ in the late '90s and early 2000s, then formed the psych-folk band Gowns in 2004 with former Mae Shi member Ezra Buchla. After making three albums, Gowns disbanded in early 2010, and Anderson began working on solo material that included that year's Night People release, Little Sketches on Tape. Her single Grey Ship arrived about a year later and boasted a 17-minute version of Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman" that managed to reinvent the song drastically while remaining true to its spirit. Her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, appeared on Souterrain Transmissions in mid-2011. It was widely praised in the music press and, despite minimal marketing, it led to headline tours across North America and Europe. The following year Anderson began work on her second full-length with musician Leif Shackelford in Portland, Oregon. Titled The Future's Void, it arrived via Matador Records in April 2014. She explored the album's concepts of virtual reality, consumerism, and identity further with I Wanna Destroy (Sacred Objects from Suburban Homes), an exhibit that incorporated Oculus Rift technology and showed at MoMA PS1 in New York and London's Barbican. Anderson and Shackelford's referential score to the cyberbullying film #Horror arrived at the end of 2015. Anderson worked with co-producer Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra on 2017's Exile in the Outer Ring, an impression of nationalism, poverty, and alienation in the U.S. Midwest. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Down and Out
  3.   California
  4.   Milkman
  5.   3Jane
  6.   I Wanna Destroy
  7.   Dr White In The House
  8.   Surrender, Michael
  9.   The Grey Ship
  10.   Fire Water Air LSD
  11.   Coda
  12.   Soul On Fire
  13.   Where the Darkness Began
  14.   7 Years
  15.   Foreshadowing Pain
  16.   Dr White In The Woods
  17.   Running Danger
  18.   Cat In The Woods
  19.   Danger Theme
  20.   Amnesia Haze
  21.   Visions Of Blood
  22.   Hashtag Horror Theme
  23.   Trebaš Mi
  24.   Dead Celebrity
  25.   100 Years
  26.   Receive Love
  27.   Red Star
  28.   So Blonde
  29.   Satellites
  30.   Breathalyzer
  31.   The Girls Were Really Mean
  32.   Cthulu
  33.   When She Comes
  34.   Nie Zu Spät
  35.   Solace
  36.   Neuromancer
  37.   Soul Cycle
  38.   Breakfast
  39.   33 Nihilistic and Female
  40.   #Exit Music
  41.   Smoulder
  42.   Marked
  43.   Butterfly Knife
  44.   Horror #2
  45.   Anteroom
  46.   Blood and Chalk
  47.   Always Bleeds
  48.   Harshmellow World
  49.   Locust Strings
  50.   Spooky Fingers
  51.   Whispers
  52.   Active Shooter
  53.   Aryan Nation

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