Another oldie for a Friday afternoon, straight out of 1987 from alternative Goth rockers The Sisters of Mercy. “Emma” is not their most popular song from the era, like “Dominion/Mother Russia,” “This Corrosion,” or “Lucretia, My Reflection.” But it’s the one I always remember.
Lyrically, it’s a total downer. But musically, it’s surprisingly melodic and almost inspiring, despite being a bit of a slow trodding guitar-driven dirge. It’s got angst to spare. But it also feels hopeful, even if it’s not. I realize that all sounds contradictory. But I feel that way about a lot of Goth rock from that era.
So take that for what it is, and give this one a listen. If anything, Halloween’s just around the corner, so something darker might just fit the bill.
“Emma” from the 1987 album “Floodland.”