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After a 7 year gap, E.M.M.A. drops a stunning 2nd album of drill-tipped chamber synth music that advances on her recent soundtrack work for Gucci and Chanel to really tap into a dreamy, darkly romantic-cinematic vein shared by Caroline K, John T. Gast, Novo Line, Kuedo, and arguably even Talk Talk or Kraftwerk.
Acutely aware of up-to-the-second rap and R&B styles, but stylized with a timeless and melancholic ’80s futurism, ‘Indigo’ renders the sharpest definition of E.M.M.A.’s already crisp style while finding new room in-the-mix for ever finer expressions of machine soul. Splitting the difference between Dungeon synth and drill instrumentals, mid-late ‘80s synth-noir soundtracks and puckered classical chamber tropes, E.M.M.A.’s compositional chops have arrived at a new apex of her style and arranged in a none more achingly evocative way that’s pushing all our buttons right now.
Aside from working on notable runway soundtracks in recent years E.M.M.A. has also been dead busy helping to run workshops for females getting into electronic music. While maybe best known for a unique variant of melodic UK club bangers, on ‘Indigo Dream’ she tends more to the melodic side with remarkable results, following extended lines of mellifluous thought across 9 tracks that make a pretty much perfect album.
Emotionally contoured and shaded with a masterful melancholy/negative ecstatic ambiguity from the tentative fanfare of ’Into Indigo’, thru the stoic grandeur and cheeky daftness of ‘Ryan Gosling In Space’ and the hair-kissing finale ‘Ballad Of Janet’, she’s nailed the best blend of deadpan, curbed enthusiasm and cold trance rushes, turning up vital spins on UK drill in ‘Gold’ and ‘Shell’, and chin-up classic pop chuftiness in ’Echo’ and ‘Glitter’ that all tie this into a real gem of a headphone listen, ideal for pondering modernity back-pedalling into a new medieval age.