New striking strokes
18 May 2023
Band: ANOHNI AND THE JOHNSONS
Who: Singer/songwriter/visual artist
formerly named Antony (Hegarty) and
her backing band.
New album: MY BACK WAS A BRIDGE FOR YOU TO CROSS – 6th LP
Out on July7th.
Artwork: A portrait of Marsha P. Johnson(1945 – 1992), also known as
Malcolm Michaels Jr., by photographer Alvin Baltrop. She was an American gay
liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Anohni admired her and met
her only once, at a gay parade in NYC, unfortunately, the day before she died
ANOHNI: “Iʼve been thinking a lot about Marvin Gayeʼs Whatʼs Going On,” That was a really important touchstone in my mind. Some of these songs respond to global and environmental concerns first voiced in popular music over 50 years ago. I learned with HOPEFULNESS that
I can provide a soundtrack that might fortify people in their work, in their activism, in their dreaming and decision-making. I can sing of an awareness that makes others feel less alone, people for whom the frank articulation of these frightening times is not a source of discomfort but a cause for identification and relief. I want the work to be useful, to help others move with dignity and resilience through these conversations we are now facing.”
The lead single, named IT MUST CHANGE
is a Sade-like soul ballad with Anohni‘s
vulnerable voice in the center.
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