Around the time that Erika M. Anderson, aka EMA
, released "Stand With You (Song For Ghostship)"
, the singer-songwriter announced that she's done recording the follow-up album to 2014's The Future's Void
. Its called Exile In The Outer Ring
and EMA has just released the lead single from the album, "Aryan Nation."
EMA says Exile In The Outer Ring
was "too political" for her old label, Matador, and "not exactly mainstream" but "Aryan Nation" proves EMA hasn't lost her touch. The song is a feisty, gritty and anthemic track that's partially inspired by people she knew in the past and by the UK film This Is England
. About the film, EMA said, "When I watched it I felt like I recognized a glimmer of their hopelessness and confusion in parts of America, but I had no clue how much that would explode in 2017."
She left a powerful message on Facebook about the song saying:
"This is for my people in the middle country. I don't look down on, or laugh at, serious issues such as poverty or drug problems. I believe your situations are real, your pain is real. I'm not here to ridicule or dismiss you. But as a person who came from heartland america, I also believe that there is another way than directing your anger at those who often have less power than you. Don't let your discontent or your patriotism be exploited. Don't look down, look up."
Exile In The Outer Ring
will be out on August 25th.