Anohni became one of 2016’s most vital voices with Hopelessness and she has announced a companion EP to that album. It’s called Paradise and it’s out March 17. Like Hopelessness, the new EP is given a dystopian sonic urgency thanks to the seamless collaboration between its producers banger-maestro Hudson Mohawke, who inspired Kanye’s “Blood on the Leaves”, and the visionary Oneohtrix Point Never, who packs distinctly inhuman music with sucker-punches of emotion. Above all is Anohni’s unmistakable instrument, arresting now as it was when we first heard it nearly two decades ago.
“Paradise”, the EP’s title track and first single, is streaming below. You can also check out the EP’s tracklist and album art, as well as a statement from Anohni.
Anohni, Paradise EP:
01 In My Dreams
03 Jesus Will Kill You
04 You Are My Enemy
06 She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss
Anohni (January, 2017):
“My Mother’s Love. Her gentle touch. My Father’s Hands. Rest on my Throat.
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.”