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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

EMA is the solo performing moniker of guitarist/vocalist Erika M. Anderson, who shaped her experimental voice and guitar techniques in two well-regarded underground bands before setting off on her own. Anderson, who moved to Los Angeles from South Dakota when she was 18, played guitar with folk-noise outfit Amps for Christ in the late '90s and early 2000s, then formed the psych-folk band Gowns in 2004 with former Mae Shi member Ezra Buchla. After making three albums, Gowns disbanded in early 2010, and Anderson began working on solo material. Her single Grey Ship arrived about a year later and boasted a 17-minute version of Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman" that managed to reinvent the song drastically while remaining true to its spirit. Her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, appeared on Souterrain Transmissions in mid-2011. It was widely praised in the music press and, despite minimal marketing, it led to headline tours across North America and Europe. The following year Anderson began work on her second full-length with musician Leif Shackelford in Portland, Oregon. Titled The Future's Void, it arrived via Matador Records in April 2014.


  • 05.24.16 Still prolly my fav pic from @Moogfest @0PN @KaossEdge #poisoninthedressingroom https://t.co/UQFpuLQE7p
  • 05.23.16 RT @pixlpa: So much gratitude to @GDF_X @lowerdens @EMAthorstar for taking me on their durational journeys @moogfest. https://t.co/C6g33eYo…
  • 05.23.16 RT @lowerdens: thanks very much to @EMAthorstar for an awesome and heavy four hours of making sound and music together @Moogfest
  • 05.22.16 What is the word when u are super jealous but not mad at the person? That's how much I love this… https://t.co/NCKs6weonN
  • 05.20.16 Durational performance w Jana Hunter starting in about half hour @Moogfest @lowerdens
  • 05.18.16 #wedontcare #hb2 #northcarolina @ 21c Museum Hotel Durham Nc https://t.co/ZTN6nwc6Zb
  • 05.18.16 Beth Moysés @ 21c Museum Hotel Durham Nc https://t.co/2W934hcIGD
  • 05.18.16 Video by Beth Moysés 21C Hotel @ Durham, North Carolina https://t.co/OoTgtoBAVM
  • 05.18.16 Sofie Muller sculpture at 21C Hotel, Durham, NC @ 21c Museum Hotel Durham Nc https://t.co/8nWifBBLep
  • 05.17.16 new Tshirt for @moogfest https://t.co/ERu9TfD8cE
  • 05.16.16 RT @themrmilan: Trans men confirm everything you thought about sexism but couldn't prove https://t.co/Vip4lC2DQg via @TIMEIdeas
  • 05.16.16 Would also like more insight into how ppl become abusers, not just victims. #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou