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EMA Brings Back Industrial Sound With ‘Satellites’

Given the success of EMA’s debut, 2011′s ‘Past Life Martyred Saints,’ it’s seems she’s a bit overdue for a follow-up. But luckily for us, the South Dakota singer-songwriter is back with ‘Satellites,’ a song that gives us the DIY, industrial sound we’ve grown to love, as well as some of the extra attitude and spunk we’re likely to hear in 2014, when she drops her sophomore album, ‘The Future’s Void,’ via new label Matador.

Posted on YouTube today, the ‘Satellites’ video features a big-screen TV from the early ’90s with fuzzy images of a man’s face covered by the reflection of more images, which seems to serve as the cover to EMA’s upcoming LP.

The frenzied electronic accompaniment and hard-hitting beat combine for an angry and unsettling sound like the one Matador describes on its blog.

“Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date,” the label writes. “The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; ‘We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.’”

‘The Future’s Void’ is slated to arrive in early 2014, and if the rest of the tracks sound like ‘Satellites,’ we’re clearly in for one dark and bumpy ride.

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