- It Must Change
- Go Ahead
- Sliver Of Ice
- It’s My Fault
- There Wasn’t Enough
- Why Am I Alive Now
- You Be Free
ANOHNI and the Johnsons
My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
Rough Trade Records
Chichester-born Anohni has only gone and got the old band back together! In an inevitably more soulful turn than 2016's 'Hopelessness', 'My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross' feels like a band united, thrashing through the troubles of the day via a set of emotionally transcendent, gorgeously crafted tracks that’ll stay with you long after the final note has faded.
ANOHNI’s sixth studio album expresses a world view by shape-shifting through a broad range of subject matter. Through a personal lens, ANOHNI addresses loss of loved ones, inequality, alienation, acceptance, cruelty, ecocide, devastation wrought by Abrahamic theologies, Future Feminism, and the possibility that we might yet transform our ways of thinking, our spiritual ideas, our societal structures, and our relationships with the rest of nature.
On her first full album since 2016’s 'HOPELESSNESS', she explains the creative process was painstaking, yet also inspired, joyful, and intimate, a renewal and a renaming of her response to the world as she sees it. “Some of these songs respond to global and environmental concerns first voiced in popular music over 50 years ago.”
ANOHNI’s approach since her last record has shifted from someone tasked with challenging global denial, to an artist seeking to support others on the front lines. “I learned with 'HOPELESSNESS' 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.
On “It Must Change,”ANOHNI soulfully describes systems in collapse with a note of compassion for humanity: “The truth is I always thought you were beautiful in your own way // That’s why this is so sad.” ANOHNI’s voice is sensual and smoothed, selectively reaching to the edges of what it can contain. “We’re not getting out of here // No one’s getting out of here // This is our world,” she murmurs.