Anohni – Hopelessness (2016)

In her work as Antony and the Johnsons, Anohni had already established a unique sonic landscape for herself, with the type of voice whose idiosyncrasies are matched only by Bjork’s.  Here however, in her first recording under her new moniker, the singer veers from the type of deeply nuanced chamber pop straight into unexpected electronic direction, with simmering anger impressing each politically charged lyric. It’s an unexpected move for the British singer but an exciting one, re-invigorating her sound and identity at once and tapping into a deep sense of fury and resentment that she never hinted at before. This album may only be interesting to longtime fans, but this is the closest to accessible as Anohni has ever been.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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