Dear EMA, or EMA fans, or managers, or anyone who’s casually met her and retained her phone number, this is for you:
This is so good. So. Good. That naked violin strumming, that hint of a bass line, the scratch-slide of dry fingers on steel strings, it’s all you need. It’s more than you need. In fact, it’s way more emotive than any kind of industrial strength drone thing you’ve got going on the album, which succeeds, really in spite of that industrial strength drone thing. This song, “Marked,” for example, which is all whispery and sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of a volcano or a nuclear cooling tower, is just as powerful and intense without the FX. It’s one of my favorite songs of the year, by the way. But this is, like, next level. Please, please, please make the next EMA album acoustic. The intensity comes from the voice and the space between sounds.
An L Mag Music Writer
[via La Blogotheque]