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Erika M. Anderson first graced the limelight under the guise of EMA in May 2011, when the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released to a multitude of acclaim. After having spent time in the California underground fronting the genre-defying cult duo Gowns with Ezra Buchla, Past Life Martyred Saints offered a deeper glimpse into the world of EMA. An absorbing and ... Read more in Amazon's EMA Store

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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Souterrain Transmissions
  • ASIN: B004GLDNW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grey Ship
2. California
3. Anteroom
4. Milkman
5. Coda
6. Marked
7. Breakfast
8. Butterfly Knife
9. Red Star
10. Coda (Alternate)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Telford on 10 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
The best album of the year so far! Harkening back to the glory days of the early/mid 90s alt-rock scene 'Past Life Martyred Saints' is anything but a throwback. There are flashes of Royal Trux, The Breeders, Nirvana's more bruised recordings, Kim Gordon, Cat Power circa Moon Pix, Patti Smith and more besides but Erika M Anderson is very much her own woman and these sometimes brittle sometime tough outpourings are always absorbing. The 1-2 knockout blows of opening two tracks 'Grey Ship' and 'California' should leave you in no doubt that it is gonna be a tough record to better this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monty on 12 July 2011
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I heard a track on Last FM, checked the album out on Spotify, and read the Wolfs thorough review on Amazon. I have used his reviews in the past and found them to be excellent so I will not try to added anymore other than to say, I parted with my cash so that I could have the CD to listen to in the car, the only place I can turn the volume up, and I am not disappointed.

Check it out and I am sure you will agree.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
EMA is Erika M. Anderson, compressed like a rough diamond
within the mould of her mournful muse. Let there be no mistake,
listening to 'Past Life Martyred Saints' is not a walk in the park.
It's dark and difficult and dangerous to know. It's also very good!
There are nine tracks in the collection and Ms Anderson allows us
little respite from her shadowy introspective self-reflections.

'California', a song suggestive, like so many before, of sunshine
and sand and orange juice is here reinvented as a stark industrial
nightmare; her voice emerging like a ghost from the grimy grey
textures of the piano/synth/percussion-based arrangement. With her
opening gambit of 'F*** Calfornia' you just know this isn't going
to be another fancy-free ride down the Pacific Coast Highway!

Opening track 'The Grey Ship' is hardly a barrel of laughs either
but its doleful melody and sand-blasted instrumental elements
make for a curiously affecting listening experience. The central
dirge-like section brought some of the great Peter Hammill's 70's
Bohemian excesses to mind. An exotic mixture of pleasure and pain.

The tiny acapella 'Coda', however, delivers a small glimpse of
ribald (but nonetheless black as night) humour in the gathering gloom.
Ms Anderson seems to be perfectly happy dancing at her own wake!

'Butterfly Knife' is a terrifyingly rough-and-ready invention which,
despite its folksy fugal vocal arrangement, blisters and burns to
the bone. This is un-easy listening of the very finest calibre!

Final track 'Red Star' slips and slides in and out of focus like
a dream.
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By Dizzy Dave Willis on 18 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Rated! i do recommend buying a physical copy just to rip at a decent sample rate.
lets hope the next album is just as good
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By SJ on 30 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
What a début. Listening to this it's hard to believe that (1) it's a first full length (as a solo artist), (2) that Erika M Anderson is so young.

As other reviewers here have said, there's a very 90's feel to the music, but it doesn't sound dated. The more recent drone influences really bring the sound up to date. Comparisons to Kim Gordon, or Courtney Love are not out of place.

When it comes to the lyrics, this is a deeply dark album, dealing with a whole list of personal issues. From a lyrical perspective this record really reminds me of records such as Perfume Genius's Learning from last year, or Kristin Hersh's Hips & Makers. It's true heart on sleeve stuff.

Not a relaxing listen by any means, you can feel some of the scarring after listening, but is so worth repeated listens.

For me this is the best release of 2011 so far.
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