Erika M. Anderson’s announcement of a new album for 2014 reminded me just how much I loved her glorious song “Grey Ships,” but where that sprawling epic takes a good five minutes to build to any sort of climax EMA‘s new song “Satellites” hits you in the gut from the get-go with sudden rumbling bass. It’s a surprising opening, but one that works perfectly to underpin Anderson’s strident, snarling vocals throughout the song’s pummeling four-minute length.

Satellites explores the places where everyone has equal access but is also under constant surveillance. A young westerner imagines life in the former Soviet Bloc. We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.

EMA’s new album, The Future’s Void, is out Spring 2014. Listen to “Satellite’s” below

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