Anjimile Signs to 4AD, Shares New Single "Stranger"

Anjimile Signs to 4AD, Shares New Single 'Stranger'
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Boston-based singer-songwriter Anjimile has officially signed to 4AD, and to celebrate, he has also released a new single — his first since 2020 debut album, Giver Taker and orchestral rework EP. Reunion, which featured Jay Som, SASAMI, Lomelda and vocalist Justine Bowe.

Today, we're getting a taste of new Anjimile to come with "Stranger," which was recorded with producer/pianist Thomas Bartlett and songwriter/producer Gabe Goodman. Here's what the artist had to say about the track:

"Stranger" is something of a confrontation between my past and present selves in relationship to my trans identity. I started testosterone about 3 or 4 years ago, and It's been simultaneously liberating and alarming to note the changes to my mind and body over the years.

"Stranger" is an admission to myself that, while I welcome all of those changes — especially the deepening effect of testosterone on my singing and speaking voice — it's still scary and there is a degree of internal ambivalence to my transition. In transitioning I lost, or gave up, a part of myself. And that is hard to reconcile. "Stranger" is an attempt at some semblance of reconciliation, I guess.

So far, the work is not attached to any upcoming projects, though time will tell. Listen to "Stranger" below.