Review: EMA Plumbs the Depths, Hurts Listeners So Good with ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’

EMA, "Past Life Martyred Saints"

The former Gowns and Amps For Christ member spins her previous projects’ art-damaged electric folk into a spare vehicle for the blues. It’s no coincidence that her first single, “The Grey Ship”—a Viking-inspired dirge about being carried away in a funeral boat—was backed by a 16-minute Robert Johnson cover. Buzz-building move that it was, her extended take on “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” readied listeners for this impossibly bleak, physically taxing, depths-plumbing experience …

But it’s the right kind of pain. Find out why — read on at The A.V. Club.