Magazine article New Internationalist

Hopelessness

Magazine article New Internationalist

Hopelessness

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Hopelessness

by Anohni (Rough Trade/Secretly Canadian, RTRAD 823 CD, LP + digital)

This release from the artist formerly known as Antony (Hegarty) and the Johnsons, is a truly radical, passionate album that uses art to rise above politics and point to the mess of the world. Global warming, surveillance, state terrorism: these are the themes of Hopelessness. They are, jointly and separately, all so important that Anohni's website offers the album's lyrics in 16 languages.

Anohni's bluesy timbres are familiar to anyone who followed her earlier work with the Johnsons, an unclassifiable New York ensemble that achieved success with I Am A Bird Now and The Crying Light, albums that advanced the politics of love, environmentalism, queerness and transgender, into a kind of mainstream.

With Hopelessness, Anohni has turned to two former collaborators, Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, to create an album that stuns. …

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