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Albums and Singles

Anohni

Hopelessness out 6 May

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

IMAGES CHAPMAN BAEHLER / YU TSAI / FIONA GARDEN

In January, Anohni – the artist formerly known as Antony of Antony and the Johnsons – became the first transgender performer ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. The following month, she wrote a powerful open letter explaining her decision not to attend the ceremony because, unlike more “commercially viable” nominees Sam Smith and The Weeknd, she’d not been invited to sing on the night. Her courage and conviction shine just as brightly on this remarkable debut solo album. Leaving behind Antony and the Johnsons’ sombre chamber pop sound, Hopelessness sees Anohni team up with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never for “an electronic record with some sharp teeth”. Over shimmering synths and crisp, R&B-inspired beats, she rallies eloquently against climate change (4 Degrees), war crimes (Execution) and her disappointment in a once-promising world leader (Obama). There’s also a brutal account of post-break-up despair called I Don’t Love You Anymore, on which her soulful voice quivers with stinging sadness. By setting explicitly political lyrics to consistently fresh and inventive electro-pop, Anohni has made one of 2016’s most essential albums.

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