Hopelessness takes the tragedies of our age — ecocide, drone warfare, loss of liberty — and confronts them with the aid of muscular electronic tunes. Drone Bomb Me — the second taster — is even better: sung in the voice of a young Afghan girl, begging for death since her family are all gone. The subject matter, then, is unrelenting. Reply Notify me 1 Helpful.
DenverDude May 1, Report. Ran it through my Record Doctor V before playing the first time. Very quiet pressing, excellent dynamics, imaging is great. Reply Notify me Helpful. Constant tone and volume change almost sounding like it's a warped record even when it's not.
Definitely a letdown because this is like one of my favorite records of all time. I even changed my needle and tested the copy on a friends turntable and it was just terrible!
While some may argue that this would then not belong here, it absolutely does to me. In 4 degrees, the urgency of the music was lost in overlapping waves of bass-heavy drone music, diluting the song to little more than a powerful voice sung over ambient noise.
However, Anohni's vocal performance was outstanding. The power was real and resonant while her trademark trembling vibrato betrayed the emotion heard on her albums, particularly her earliest, from which we heard nothing throughout the show. Hopelessness is a strong concept album but perhaps the stage performance in all its light-art centric gloom needed a little human connection to help guide the audience as it waded through the murky soundscapes led by a mere silhouette of a performer.
Read more. Report as inappropriate. Sand Boat. David Fisher. Paul Laidlaw. Samuel Shepherd. Rodrigo Tello. Kieran Is. Purchasable with gift card. Drone Bomb Me Watch Me Ann Powers wrote of The Crying Light for the LA Times online, "it's the most personal environmentalist statement possible, making an unforeseen connection between queer culture's identity politics and the green movement.
As music, it's simply exquisite — more controlled and considered than anything Antony and the Johnsons have done and sure to linger in the minds of listeners. Abrams Books also published a book edition of Swanlights featuring Anohni's drawings and collages with photography by Don Felix Cervantes.
In January , Anohni was a guest on "Wintergasten", a program on Dutch Television's VPRO channel and was interviewed by Leon Verdonschot discussing her political and ecological viewpoints in reference to different film clips. Anohni was the curator of Meltdown at the Southbank Centre in London. Anohni was "guest of honor" at the Melbourne Festival in October , presenting a restaging of "Swanlights", as well as screening Charles Atlas' Turning , Lynette Wallworth 's Coral: Rekindling Venus, and presenting Paradise , an exhibition of Antony's drawings and collages.
Anohni performed with orchestra for the Spring Givenchy collection in Paris, singing You Are My Sister and expanding on the theme of Future Feminism in literature distributed at the event. In June , Antony and the Johnsons performed at Dark Mofo in Tasmania, Australia, as a benefit in support of the Martu people of Parnngurr in WA in their fight to prevent a uranium mine from being developed near their community by Canadian multinational Cameco and Mitsubishi.
Anohni collaborated with composer J. Ralph on the song " Manta Ray " from the environmental documentary Racing Extinction , which explored various aspects of the Holocene extinction. This would be the last song released where she was credited as Antony. A music video was released, featuring various microscopic marine organisms.
Despite receiving a nomination for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards , Anohni decided to boycott the ceremony. She expressed discomfort over the Academy's decision to characterize her in the days leading up to the ceremony as having been "cut" from the line-up  due to "time constraints", despite never actually having been asked to perform in the first place.
She went on: "singing about eco-cide On 23 February , Anohni announced her fifth album Hopelessness via the Antony and the Johnsons' website and Facebook account. Co-produced by Anohni, Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke , it is her first album to be released under her new name, a name she had been using in her personal life "for years". The confrontational performance was described by New York Times as a combination of "hard-core punk" and "radical empathy that's hard to find anywhere in pop.
Send this to me instead of the dollar you used to send me in the olden days. In addition to Antony and the Johnsons, Anohni occasionally collaborates with other musicians. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists.Jul 10, · In between is one of the more harrowing and thought-provoking sets contemporary music has to offer – Anohni’s Hopelessness, released in May, a record about all the ills of the world brought Author: Kitty Empire.