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WATCH: Emika - Centuries
The Quietus , June 10th, 2013 05:33

Watch the video for the new single by Berlin-based dark electronic pop artist

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Berlin-based artist Emika releases her second album, entitled Dva through Ninja Tune this week. It's the follow-up to her 2011 self-titled debut, which drew heavily from the space, sub-bass and overall sonic atmosphere of early dubstep and used them as the basis for a series of spooked, sinister pop songs.

Dva is similarly exploratory but broadens her palette considerably, drawing in elements of techno, synth-pop and even opera into its orbit. For a preview, we're pleased to be able to offer you the premiere of the vide for 'Centuries', the next single to be taken from the album.

The video was made by fellow Berlin resident Matt Lambert. The label describes it as "based on an ongoing collaboration between Emika Berlin-based filmmaker, Matt Lambert ... this dark, surreal, expressionist and minimal film follows juxtaposing versions of Emika's psyche through dreams, nightmares and in between. More importantly, this film is a performance piece that opposes formal choreography with naive and natural gesture."

"I am all about making music for people, making vibes that do great things to people," said Emika in an interview with the Quietus last year, several months on from the release of her debut. "So in between composing albums it is very important I slip into the audience’s perspective and tell myself as the composer: make it better, make it more wild, make it exciting, not cool. There's so much music in the world already which is about expressing the self, or prescribing a lifestyle, or only for the sake of the avant-garde, or for 'sounds-sake', or for DJ conventions. So what about all the other billions of life layers that music fails to touch?"