EMA

Ex­ile In The Outer Ring 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Grunge-noir snapshots of dark­ness on the edge of town STePHen DaL­Ton

Af­ter the vaguely con­cep­tual dig­i­taldystopian angst of her 2014 al­bum The Fu­ture’s Void, avant-rock singer­song­writer Erika “EMA” An­der­son drifts fur­ther into The Twi­light Zone on Ex­ile…, a techno-grungy jour­ney through the dys­func­tional white male psy­che of sub­ur­ban Amer­ica. Tweak­ing her voice from frag­ile ache on the lan­guid am­bi­ent drone bal­lad “7 Years” to heav­ily fil­tered sexy-sleazy sneer on buz­z­saw blues-punk howlers such as “Breath­a­lyzer” and “I Wanna De­stroy”, An­der­son proves a ver­sa­tile gen­der-fluid mimic. A cou­ple of thin tracks aside, Ex­ile… is a richly lay­ered sonic feast slathered in al­lur­ingly dis­cor­dant noises. It cul­mi­nates in “Where The Dark­ness Be­gins”, a cin­e­matic spo­ken-word au­dioscape that is pure David Lynch.

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