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