Long before Erika M. Anderson set out on her own under the acronym EMA, she learned how to wrap herself up in layers of gauzy musical mystery with Gowns and Amps for Christ. On her new album, The Future's Void
, she's buried under an avalanche of synths and mechanized beats as she searches for something resembling light. "I remember when the world was divided by a wall of concrete and a curtain of iron," she muses in a hushed voice. "Open the satellites." Anderson looks back at her early days of fear and confusion on "So Blonde" and "3jane," but finds love, magic and redemption in tracks such as "Smoulder" and "Neuromancer." Montreal singer Thomas Arsenault opens under his nom de guerre, Mas Ysa, disbursing more straightforward synth-pop melodies with his reedy vocals.
Tue., July 1, 8 p.m., 2014