Exile In The Outer Ring 7/10
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.