Exile in the Outer Ring [CD]


After the success of 2011’s Past Life Martyred Saints and 2014’s prophetic The Future’s Void, EMA retreated to a basement in Portland, Oregon – a generic apartment complex in a non-trendy neighbourhood, with beige carpeting and cheap slat blinds. Now, she returns, with a portrait of The Outer Ring: A pitch-black world of dark night highways, American flags hung over basement windows, jails and revival meetings and casinos and rage. In a year dominated by white working-class alienation and anger, EMA – a Midwesterner who never lost her thousand-yard stare -- has delivered an album that renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy. 


1 7 Years 4:07
2 Breathalyzer 6:21
3 I Wanna Destroy 3:07
4 Blood And Chalk 3:17
5 Down And Out 3:37
6 Fire Water Air LSD 3:48
7 Aryan Nation 2:53
8 33 Nihilistic and Female 3:26
9 Receive Love 3:19
10 Always Bleeds 5:20
11 Where The Darkness Began 1:53