Everett True

Song of the day – 376: EMA (Nirvana cover)

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EMA @ Horatio’s 14.5.11

Sorry to start throwing slightly random posts at you, but I’ve always seen one of the many functions of music criticism is to act as a gateway.  And I know it seems like I’ve become fixated on Nirvana all of a sudden – what with this, and this (and this) – but I think the analogy of flipping over a rock holds here: also, don’t you think it’s about time it happened? That band did once mean an awful lot to me.

This is about as great as it gets. EMA covering a Nirvana song (the first time she’s played it) and sounding precisely – if not deliberately – like Kim Gordon fronting a particularly beautifully brutal wash of noise from Sonic Youth. This makes an awful lot of circular sense, when you think about it. There’s a lot of demented distracted feedback and the sudden squalling sounds of guitars and amplifiers being abused. Sweet.

The video is coming soon: but here is the audio.

As I wrote a few months back about EMA:

Every morning, just to wake myself up and remind myself I’m alive, I like to stare into the abyss.

Photography: Izzy Beaumont

4 Responses to Song of the day – 376: EMA (Nirvana cover)

  1. Lucy Cage July 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It’s fantastic. Totally. Beautifully squally.

    (I’ve been listening to Amanda Palmer’s cover of Polly from the same tribute album, which is a whole different (quieter/prettier but equally anguished) kettle of disturbing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-9uy1WIPhk)

  2. Everett True July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Fuck, that’s amazing. I’ve written about it here.

  3. hannah golightly July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Why apologise for it? It’s good.

  4. Bartosz BIniek April 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    You have to be crazy to cover that song.

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