Published Jan 26, 2017ANOHNI captured the mood of 2016 with last year's HOPELESSNESS, but the singer is taking a more optimistic approach to record naming with her next release. A new EP titled PARADISE is due out on March 17 through Secretly Canadian.
It serves as a companion piece to the previous LP, and perhaps unsurprisingly given her recent collaboration with CocoRosie, the new material is a politically charged set of songs that seek to "support activist conversations" and "disrupt assumptions about popular music."
Across the record, ANOHNI takes aim at dangerously right-leaning Christians and corporations ("Jesus Will Kill You"), a mother's complicity ("You Are My Enemy"), an omnipotent ruler himself ("Ricochet") and the destruction of the planet ("She Doesn't Mourn Her Loss").
The title track, meanwhile, captures the "ecstatic alienation" associated with living in a dystopian reality filled with "horror, awe, comfort and threat." It features a beat courtesy of Hudson Mohawke and vocal treatments by Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a Oneohtrix Point Never), and you can give it a listen below.
In addition to the new tune, ANOHNI has prefaced the upcoming EP with an empowering message of protest. It reads:
Our new leaders hope to crush our spirits and expedite ecocide in the name of virulent progress, consumerism and false security.
Like Jihadis, many capitalists and Christians compulsively seek to facilitate a righteous "holy war", or apocalypse.
For millennia, Men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators.
This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance and war mongering.
But as Donald Trump and his cabinet now demonstrate, the skills encouraged in men by their biologies and the tools that boys master in the playground have not equipped them to deal with the unprecedented global crisis we are now facing.
Mothers, your sons are trapped in a nightmare; they are not capable of responsibly negotiating the destructive agency that they now wield.
More profound even than a crime against humanity, fathers and sons now compulsively prepare to commit ecocide, in a final and irreversible assault upon creation itself.
Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species' desperate course.
Scroll past the PARADISE tracklisting and hit play to hear the EP's brand new title track.
1. In My Dreams
3. Jesus Will Kill You
4. You Are My Enemy
6. She Doesn't Mourn Her Loss