anohni Paradise EP (6-track CD, £7.95)label: rough trade
Anohni releases the companion to 2016’s ‘Hopelessness, one of the most critically acclaimed and discussed albums of that year. In collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, on ‘Paradise’ Anohni seeks to support activist conversations and disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicised lyrics. ‘Paradise’ includes new songs as well as material recently debuted live. On the title track 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. Nine portraits of women on the artwork reflect the feminine oracle that Anohni evoked in her live concert tour. ‘Hopelessness’ was named one of the albums of the year in Crack Magazine, Loud & Quiet The Guardian, Time Out, Mixmag, Attitude, Uncut, The Skinny, New Statesmen, The Sunday Times, Q, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NME. ‘Hopelessness’ was nominated for 2016’s Mercury Prize and Anohni was nominated for Best Female at 2017’s Brit Awards.
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