EMA + The Blow

Neumos Presents

EMA + The Blow

Kirt Debique

Thursday 10/26

8:00 pm

$15.00

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Ema
“For me if this record could do anything, it would be to bridge a divide. To say, hey, yes, Middle America I see you, I believe your economic woes and drug problems are real, but also, don't let your patriotism and your anger be exploited by con men, don't let your values be eroded by spite.” — EMA
EMA began with the urge to self-exile. After the success of 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 neighborhood, with beige carpeting and cheap slat blinds.

She returns with a portrait of a world both familiar and alien: The Outer Ring, a pitch-black world of half-empty subdivisions, American flags hung over basement windows, big-box stores and strip malls and rage. In a year dominated by working-class alienation, EMA — a Midwesterner who has never lost her thousand-yard stare — has delivered an album that renders American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy.

The Outer Ring is the suburban world of people who’ve been pushed out of city centers by stagnating wages and rising expense, forced up against rural communities swallowed by sprawl. It’s far more diverse than traditional images of “the suburbs” – vape shops and living-room hair salons exist next to Mexican grocery stores and Dollar General. But it’s also more deeply marked by poverty and tension, and by the anger that comes from having your story and your struggles erased from the narrative.
The Blow
The Blow is an electronic duo comprised of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. A shape shifting entity, The Blow has been many different things over time and is sometimes multiple things at once, but is at its heart always one simple thing which is a qualilty of intimacy made tangible, most frequently in the form of a pop song. The current line up of The Blow looks a lot like a band, or as much like a band as The Blow ever has, with both members playing instruments together onstage. Maricich plays keyboards and Dyne controls a wizard's rig of modular synthesizers and sampling hardware. Together they produce sounds in tandem, passing the frequencies back and forth between them before sending them out through the sound system. In the The Blow's current series of shows, titled "Unplugged," Maricich and Dyne perform songs from the extended Blow catalog simmered down to their vital elements. Halos of sonic ambience hover around each cluster of lyrics and melody like auras illuminating the essential qualities of each song. The shows are meditations on the amorphous material of The Blow's songs as well as on the experience of listening itself; they are spaces for the performers to tune into the minutiae of each other's shifting spheres of focus, responding in time as the sounds build between them, noting and responding as well to the audience's quality of listening, synthesizing these waves of electricity and attention into feedback loops of delicately reverberating energy.
Kirt Debique
Kirt Debique is an artist from the Pacific Northwest whose sweeping dark synth textures backed with edgy beats bring to mind late-era Bowie and Joy Division. A part of the Seattle music scene for the past few years, Kirt released his debut solo album, Things Left Unsaid, on October 23rd, 2015. A follow-on single, Descent, was released on February 12th, 2016. He has played shows across North America including Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Boise, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Vancouver BC, Toronto, and Seattle as well as several cities in Western Europe including London, Paris, Cambridge, and Winterthur. Syncretic, mysterious and modern, Kirt is also the founder of Brick Lane Records.
Venue Information:
Neumos
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.neumos.com/