Hear Anohni Cover The Cranberries’ “No Need To Argue”

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly last week, and today, Anohni has shared a brief a cappella cover of the Cranberries 1994 cut “No Need To Argue” on Instagram. Listen below via Pitchfork. More »

10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

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Whichever side you’re on in the “art is inherently political” debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the ’60s through the present day, there has been music made to protest things like war, civil rights violations, the criminalization of drugs, police brutality, mass shootings, and pretty much every president who … More »

25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Hercules & Love Affair Share a Synthpop Stunner [Stream]

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It’s been three years since Hercules & Love Affair released an album (their last was 2014’s The Feast of the Broken Heart) and between first single “Controller”, which features vocals from The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, and their latest single, “Omnion” (feat. Sharon Van Etten), album #4 is looking to be full of promise. The band, who became popular in the dance-pop scene with 2008’s disco-tinged “Blind” (which featured the incomparable Anohni), gets straight back to business on their two lead singles—if that’s what you want to call making perfectly danceable tracks.

While “Controller” was an ode to the ‘80s electro-hedonism of bands like Depeche Mode, INXS and New Order (the track has serious “Blue Monday”-meets-“Need You Tonight” vibes), “Omnion” slows things down a bit, and trades in raw sexuality for emotional honesty. Van Etten’s vocals have a sweetness and vulnerability that pairs perfectly with the swirling synths and earnest lyrics.

Listen to “Omnion” above and keep your eyes open for their forthcoming fourth album, also called Omnion, due out later this summer.

ANOHNI announces PARADISE EP, shares title track

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A degree of cringing tends to happen whenever an artist gets overtly political, but absent the personal anecdotes that give an authentic humanity to the policies quietly imposed in detached government offices, where would we be when it comes to our collective desire to effect change? ANOHNI spoke as a global citizen via last year’s debut album HOPELESSNESS (also one of our favorite releases from that year), and in so doing, she gave desperately-sung attention to issues ranging from the rising prevalence of drone warfare to environmental degradation caused by the perpetual advance of human industry. You get the impression from listening to the album that there isn’t a limit to the issues on which ANOHNI is both willing and wanting to comment, and seemingly right on cue, a companion EP to HOPELESSNESS, titled PARADISE, has just been announced for release on March 17 via Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade.

Both the album cover and a preliminary statement from ANOHNI (readable below) attest to strong beliefs concerning feminism and male hegemony. Other aspects of the EP center around capitalist ideologues and their proposed mental equivalence with religious fanatics, plus the significance of a healthy, if not totally uncorrupted, global ecosystem. *Exhales intensely*

Here’s where you can pre-order PARADISE. Listen to the title track after the aforementioned artist statement:

Her gentle touch
My Father’s Hands
Rest on my Throat

Our new leaders hope to crush our spirits and expedite ecocide in the name of virulent progress, consumerism and false security. Like Jihadis, many capitalists and Christians compulsively seek to facilitate a righteous “holy war”, or apocalypse.

For millennia, Men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators. This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance and war mongering.

But as Donald Trump and his cabinet now demonstrate, the skills encouraged in men by their biologies and the tools that boys master in the playground have not equipped them to deal with the unprecedented global crisis we are now facing.

Mothers, your sons are trapped in a nightmare; they are not capable of responsibly negotiating the destructive agency that they now wield.

More profound even than a crime against humanity, fathers and sons now compulsively prepare to commit ecocide, in a final and irreversible assault upon creation itself.

Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species’ desperate course.

PARADISE tracklisting:

01. In My Dreams
02. Paradise
03. Jesus Will Kill You
04. You Are My Enemy
05. Ricochet
06. She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss

ANOHNI – “Paradise”

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anohniinparadiseepartworkANOHNI has announced a companion EP to her 2016 album HOPELESSNESS, which we named one of the best albums of last year. It’s called PARADISE, and features more collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Today, she’s shared the title track. Listen to it, check out the EP details, and read a statement … More »

CocoRosie – “Smoke ‘Em Out” (Feat. ANOHNI)

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CocoRosie - Smoke Em OutThis morning, art-poppers CocoRosie have joined forces with ANOHNI, another boundary-blurring artist with roots in the mid-’00s freak-folk explosion, on a new protest anthem. In a statement, CocoRosie call their new track “Smoke ‘Em Out” “a new song to inspire the weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens.” And while they’re working on a new … More »

Top 100 Songs of 2016

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Artwork by Isabella Bersellini

I’m not gonna sugar coat this for you — compiling and arranging the “best” songs of the year is inevitably a messy, upsetting, confusing, infuriating business, and I hate it. There never feels to be a truly right answer, and the process of convincing yourself there is one…well, it lends itself to sadness and over-indulgence. With albums, you can identify certain bodies of work that create a beautiful, lively, devastating, jovial, game-changing whole. Songs, though…songs are the wildcard. Singles, EPs, b-sides, hidden tracks, 7” record store day limited-edition pressings. There’s simply too much to wrap your head around and not enough time to truly explore the breadth of offerings each year — and that’s particularly true given the clusterfuck that was 2016.

So, with that in mind, we give you our list of top songs. The tracks that got us through the more difficult days and kept us going on long nights. The songs that weave incredible stories, break our hearts and elevate our moods. We probably missed a lot of your favorite songs, so please comment below with what you’d have added. Hope you enjoy, and happy end of 2016!

Click here to check out our Top 30 Albums of 2016.


100 – 81

100. Japanese Breakfast – “The Woman that Loves You” – Listen
99. ELEL – “Change My World” – Listen
98. Local Natives – “Past Lives” – Listen
97. Hello Shark – “Drake Night” – Listen
96. Conor Oberst – “Goossamer Thin” – Listen
95. Birdy – “Keeping Your Head Up” – Listen
94. Band of Horses – “Solemn Oath” – Listen
93. Bon Iver – “666ʇ ” – Listen
92. American Wrestlers – “Give Up” – Listen
91. You Won’t – “Ya Ya Ya” – Listen
90. Nicolas Jaar – “History Lesson” – Listen
89. Foreign Fields – “I” – Listen
88. Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” – Listen
87. Jack Garratt – “Surprise Yourself” – Listen
86. How to Dress Well – “Lost Youth/Lost You” – Listen
85. Andy Shauf – “The Magician” – Listen
84. PUP – “DVP” – Listen
83. Nothing – “A.C.D. (Abcessive Compulsive Disorder)” – Listen
82. Shy Girls – “Trivial Motion” – Listen
81. Hazel English – “Make It Better” – Listen

80 – 61

80. Maggie Rogers – “Alaska” – Listen
79. Sylvan Esso – “Radio” – Listen
78. Swet Shop Boys – “T5” – Listen
77. Robert Ellis –  “California” – Listen
76. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N) – Listen
75. The Lonely Island – “Finest Girl (The Bin Laden Song)” – Listen
74. Vagabon – “Fear & Force” – Listen
73. The Lemon Twigs – “I Wanna Prove to You” – Listen
72. Ta-Ku & Wafia – “Love Somebody” – Listen
71. Eagulls – “Skipping” – Listen
70. Islands – “No Milk, No Sugar” – Listen
69. Japanese Breakfast – “Jane Cum” – Listen
69. Parquet Courts – “Human Performance” – Listen
67. Preoccupations – “Anxiety” – Listen
66. Miya Folick “God is a Woman” – Listen
65. Gordi – “Can We Work It Out” – Listen
64. Drake – “Controlla” – Listen
63. Sløtface – “Take Me Dancing” – Listen
62. Iska Dhaaf – “Invisible Cities” – Listen

61 – 41

61. Kyle Morton – “Innuendos” – Listen
60. case/lang/veirs – “Atomic Number” – Listen
59. ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me” – Listen
58. You Won’t – “Revolutionaries” – Listen
57. Francis and the Lights (feat. Bon Iver) – “Friends” – Listen
56. Japanese Breakfast – “In Heaven” – Listen
55. Carseat Headrest – “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” – Listen
54. Drake (Feat. WizKid & Kyla) – “One Dance” – Listen
53. Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” – Listen
52. Sunflower Bean – “Human Ceremony” – Listen
51. Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” – Listen
50. Beck – “Wow” – Listen
49. The xx – “On Hold” – Listen
48. EZTV – “High Flying Faith” – Listen
47. Sad13 – “Devil in U” – Listen
46. Kanye West – “Fade” – Listen
45. The Julie Ruin – “I Decide” – Listen
44. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up and Kiss Me” – Listen
43. Lydia Loveless – “Longer” – Listen
42. Maragret Glaspy – “You and I” – Listen
41. of Montreal – “gratuitous abysses” – Listen

40 – 21

40. Frankie Cosmos – “Fool” – Listen
39. PWR BTTM – “New Hampshire” – Listen
38. Whitney – “No Matter Where We Go” – Listen
37. Lucy Dacus – “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” – Listen
36. Warpaint – “New Song” – Listen
35. BadBadNotGood (feat. Samuel T. Herring) – “Time Moves Slow” – Listen
34. Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam – “A 1000 Times” – Listen
33. Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” – Listen
32. Big Thief – “Paul” – Listen
31. Kanye West – “Wolves” – Listen
30. Kendrick Lamar – “untitled 03 | 05.28.2013” – Listen
29. Death Grips – “Giving Bad People Good Ideas” – Listen
28. Solange – “Don’t Touch My Hair” – Listen
27. The Avalanches – “Subways” – Listen
26. David Bowie – “I Can’t Give Everything Away” – Listen
25. James Blake (Feat Bon Iver) – “I Need a Forrest Fire” – Listen
24. Savages – “Adore” – Listen
23. Parquet Courts – “Berlin Got Blurry” – Listen
22. Big Thief – “Masterpiece” – Listen
21. Weaves – “Coo Coo” – Listen

20. Chance The Rapper (Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) – “No Problem” 

19. Radiohead – “Burn the Witch” 

18. Blood Orange – “Augustine”

17. How to Dress Well – “Salt Song”

16. Nick Murphy – “Stop Me (Stop You)”

15. Anderson Paak (feat. Schoolboy Q) – “Am I Wrong”

14. Danny Brown (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt) – “Really Doe “

13. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People…”

12. Bon Iver – “8 (Circle)”

11. Rhianna – “Needed Me”

10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Jesus Alone”

9. Pinegrove – “Old Friends”

8. Hazel English – “I’m Fine”

7. Flume (Feat. Kai) – “Never Be Like You”

6. ANOHNI – “4 Degrees”

5. Solange – “Cranes In The Sky”

4. David Bowie – “Lazarus”

3. Whitney – “No Woman”

2. Mitski – “Your Best American Girl”

1. Blood Orange – “Best to You”

ANOHNI – “Obama” Video

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ANOHNI - Obama videoOn “Obama,” a song from the album Hopelessness that she released earlier this year, ANOHNI expresses a bottomlessly deep disappointment with the current President of the United States of America. Given that we know who’s waiting in the wings, the song almost feels quaint now. But ANOHNI has just released a video for the track, … More »

ANOHNI – “Marrow” Video

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ANOHNI - Marrow videoFor many of the videos from her new album Hopelessness, ANOHNI has simply presented a striking figure lip-syncing a song’s lyrics against a plain black background: Naomi Campbell in “Drone Bomb Me,” Storm Lever in “Crisis,” ANOHNI herself in “I Don’t Love You Anymore.” The latest of those clips is for “Marrow,” … More »