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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. 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. ~ Heather Phares
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  2.   Milkman
  3.   California
  4.   Butterfly Knife
  5.   Whispers
  6.   Danger Theme
  7.   Harshmellow World
  8.   Red Star
  9.   Active Shooter
  10.   When She Comes
  11.   Soul Cycle
  12.   Dr White In The Woods
  13.   The Grey Ship
  14.   Foreshadowing Pain
  15.   Running Danger
  16.   Anteroom
  17.   The Girls Were Really Mean
  18.   Breakfast
  19.   Neuromancer
  20.   Smoulder
  21.   #Exit Music
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  23.   Cat In The Woods
  24.   Amnesia Haze
  25.   Visions Of Blood
  26.   Trebaš Mi
  27.   Nie Zu Spät
  28.   Dr White In The House
  29.   Solace
  30.   So Blonde
  31.   Locust Strings
  32.   Surrender, Michael
  33.   Coda
  34.   Dead Celebrity
  35.   Satellites
  36.   100 Years
  37.   Soul On Fire
  38.   3Jane
  39.   Marked
  40.   Cthulu
  41.   Hashtag Horror Theme
  42.   Horror #2
  43.   Kind Heart
  44.   Aneurysm by Male Bonding
  45.   Endless Nameless
  46.   Capriciana
  47.   Hey Boy
  48.   Git
  49.   Move Them
  50.   Mouth Like the Sun
  51.   Boiled in Lead
  52.   Can't Imagine
  53.   All the Babies
  54.   Mud Loop
  55.   Little Guitar
  56.   Perfection
  57.   Swingin
  58.   Ladysmith
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