Listen: EMA - “Blood and Chalk”

Exile in the Outer Ring Due Out August 25 via City Slang

Aug 08, 2017
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Singer/songwriter/guitarist EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) is releasing a new album, Exile in the Outer Ring, on August 25 via City Slang. Now she has shared another song from the album, the slow-burning "Blood and Chalk." Check it out below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Anderson had this to say about the song in a press release: "'Blood and Chalk' was originally written for the #Horror soundtrack. I wrote the lyrics very quickly, with the idea that it was about the experience of being a 12 year-old girl, kind of right on the cusp between childhood and starting to grow up. But when I played it for Jake [Portrait] he said he thought it was about a police shooting. I was kind of shocked, but it also makes complete sense from that point of view. Makes me wonder if my subconscious mind was working on a different level, creating a double meaning."

Previously EMA shared a lyric video for the album's first single, "Aryan Nation," a full on video for "Breathalyzer," the audio for "Down and Out," and a video for "Down and Out." She has also announced a co-headlining North American tour with The Blow.

Pick up our current print issue (the Summer 2017 Issue) to read our Protest article with EMA where she writes about how automation and robots will affect artists and society in general.

Recently EMA also contributed a new song not found on her new album, "Stand With You (Song for Ghostship)," to the "Our First 100 Days" anti-President Donald Trump project. She also recently covered "The Crying Game" (originally recorded by Dave Berry in 1964, but also well known because of the Boy George version, recorded for the 1992 movie of the same name) for Amazon's Songs of Summer original playlist.

It's been three years since EMA's last album, The Future's Void. Exile in the Outer Ring was recorded in Portland, OR and co-produced with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

A previous press release describes the album as such: "It's an expansive vision that brings together concerns from every corner of our present moment - and themes that have recurred throughout EMA's career, from the brutality of late capitalism to the collapsing boundaries between private and public - into one dark portrait of what it means to be American in 2017."

EMA Tour Dates:

09/17 - Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar @ Vega
09/19 - Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
09/20 - Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival
0921 - Munster, DE @ Sputnikhalle
09/22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Muzieklokaal
09/23 - Cologne, DE @ King Georg
09/24 - Brussels, BE @ Autumn Falls / Botanique
09/26 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain // Certain People Festival (w/ Blank Mass & Forest Swords)
09/27 - Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
09/28 - St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
09/29 - Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
09/30 - Paris, FR @ Le Batofar
10/02 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's
10/03 - London, UK @ Oslo
10/04 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
10/05 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Games Room
10/06 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
10/07 - Leicester, UK @ The Cookie
10/09 - Nuremburg, DE @ Z-bau
10/10 - Ljubljana, SI @ Hrupni Večeri Noisey Nights Series, Gala Hala
10/11 - Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
10/12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
10/13 - Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
10/14 - Warsaw, PL @ Smolna
10/26  - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's*
10/27 - Vancouver, BC @ The Fox*
10/28 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
10/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo*
11/01 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge*
11/03 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda*
11/04 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
11/06 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory*
11/07 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook*
11/08 - Washington, DC @ DC9*
11/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar*
11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*
11/12 - Somerville, MA @ Once Lounge & Ballroom*
11/13 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace*
11/14 - Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont*
11/15 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison*
11/17 - Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory*
11/18 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
11/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club*

* Co-Headline w/ The Blow

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