EMA announces new album, releases This Is England-inspired single
By Andy Malt | Published on Friday 21 April 2017
EMA has now properly announced her new album, ‘Exile In The Outer Ring’, after her recent claim that she’d had to change labels in order to put it out, because it was deemed too political. It’ll be out on 25 Aug, through City Slang.
Commenting on the record, she says: “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”.
Of the first single, ‘Aryan Nation’, she adds: “I actually wrote this song about three years ago. It was partially inspired by people I’ve known in the past and also the British film ‘This Is England’, which most people in the UK are familiar with but hardly any Americans have seen. In the movie a group of non-racist UK skinheads in the 80s are radicalised through prison, poverty, and needless war. The results are violent and tragic. When I watched it I felt like I recognised a glimmer of their hopelessness and confusion in parts of America, but I had no clue how much that would explode in 2017”.