[ Rough Trade / 10in ]
Release Date: Friday 17 March 2017
Paradise, the companion EP to last year's critically acclaimed Hopelessness.
In collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, Anohni (f/k/a Antony and The Johnsons) seeks to support activist conversations and disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.
The songs on here -- already featured in her arresting live performances -- were made during the same sessions as 'Hopelessness', but rather than trimmings or bonus material, they are, instead, unique touch points for old issues and newly minted geopolitical crises writ macabre.
On the title track, Paradise, Anohni voices ecstatic alienation, describing a dystopian life filled with horror, awe, comfort and threat. She expresses a sense of disembodiment: "Myself, I'm here... not here, as a point of consciousness." The music is wild and invigorating with a heavy beat conceived by Hudson Mohawke and twisting vocal treatments by Daniel Lopatin. The song has been played across the student radio network.
Advance copies of Paradise have been sent to NZ reviewers, and the album has received attention from the likes of RNZ and Under The Radar.
The revelry of 2016's Hopelessness helped reinvent Anohni as a staunch political agitator. Self-aware and self-flagellating, Anohni speaks of deep concern for our very livelihood, as a species and as a civil society. With critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, FADER and many more, Hopelessness came to represent a new and necessary musical language.
1. In My Dreams
3. Jesus Will Kill You
4. You Are My Enemy
6. She Doesn't Mourn Her Loss