Having put out a much vaunted release with Gowns last year, Erika Anderson from the band has since moved on to putting out her own stuff under the name EMA. Whilst a generation will immediately think of the halcyon days of getting £30 a week education maintenance allowance just for wasting days at a college filled with idiots who all seem desperate to tell you about Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy, the kind of steady build slowcore tunes Erika bangs out are a lot more ewxciting than being force fed emo-pop by work shy middle class white kids.
Alongside many various abandoned projects, there’s already been a cassette release out through Night People. However, hers is a talent that should far exceed a limited run on a defunct medium. it is one thing to be musically gifted, but another thing entirely to be able craft a song, and it only takes one listen of ‘The Grey Ship’ to show that she’s abundant in both those traits. It’s a song that creeps up and swells, alternating between early days, pre-pop Best Coast lo-fi bliss and razor sharp digital clarity, managing to be sublime at both. There are thousands of entire albums that don’t manage the scale and breadth of this.