South Dakota native and Portland, OR-based artist Erika M. Anderson (EMA) has shared her first single “Aryan Nation” from her upcoming album “Exile in the Outer Ring”.

After her success in 2011 with Past Life Martyred Saints and 2014’s The Future’s Void, EMA returns with her third album, a record that renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy.

“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.” — EMA

The anthemic new single “Aryan Nation”, feminist alienation becomes working-class alienation:

“if you can’t see yourself in a “famous man,” is it because he’s a man, or because he’s famous?”

Just as one person’s abuser becomes the systemic abuse of a nation. EMA brings concerns from all different aspects of our present and touches themes that have personally affected her, from the brutality of late capitalism to the collapsing boundaries between private and public. All resulting into one dark portrai of what it means to be American in 2017.

“I actually wrote this song about 3 years ago. It was partially inspired by people I’ve known in the 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” Erika explains. “In the movie a group of non-racist UK skinheads in the 80s are radicalized through prison, poverty, and needless war.  The results are violent and tragic.  When I watched it I felt like I recognized a glimmer of their hopelessness and confusion in parts of America, but I had no clue how much that would explode in 2017.” – EMA

“Exile in the Outer Ring” will be released on August 25th via City Slang. 




Watch the video for Aryan Nation below. Created/produced/directed by Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson.