EMA - The Future's Void
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Like her debut album Past Life Martyred Saints, The Future's Void opens with a powerful manifesto. "Satellites," depicts a world where "They put a man into space/And we go there each night alone in the waste" over fraying electronics and sawing strings grounded by industrial beats, setting the stage for an album that explores how dehumanizing the virtual world can be. It's no coincidence that Anderson sports an Oculus Rift headset on the album's cover; it acts as a mask and a window, hiding her eyes while opening a different world in front of them. This concealing and revealing extends to The Future's Void's highly crafted feel. Wordplay abounds, starting with the album's title, which expresses the duality of seizing the moment in the face of an uncertain future, or facing down an upcoming emptiness. Similarly, EMA doesn't just rely on electronics to convey future shock; she sets her unsettling imagery to sounds that span pretty acoustic pop ("When She Comes") and stark piano balladry ("100 Years").