22 July 2017
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EP of soulful electronica from the former singer of Antony and the Johnsons, produced by Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke is a companion piece to debut LP Hopelessness
A poignant, smouldering reflection of society's current, crucial conversations
ANOHNI sings as one caught between global concerns and her own personal, particular pain, lamenting the solipsistic confines of being but a single "point of consciousness"
Anohni makes explicit the connections between gender and ecocide, and asks herself and her audience to recognize complicity and take action
ANOHNI has never had trouble flooring us with big feelings. Her challenge now is jolting us to take action
The power of the word becomes more important than ever, something that we have gotten used to throughout ANONHI’s career and artistic goals
There’s still beauty to be found on this dying planet
Anohni follows up Hopelessness with a strong companion EP
Paradise suggests it may be a very long time before Anohni gives us another album like I Am a Bird Now (if she ever does), but the strength and vision of this EP offers the promise that she may soon offer us something similarly powerful and moving in her new musical frameworks
Anohni can still say more in six songs than many others can squeeze into a career
If Paradise isn’t an easy record, it is an important one. Post-Trump, Anohni’s message is even more potent. Don’t look away
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Fresh and forward-looking - vulnerability offset by cheekiness'
What Do You Think About The Car?
Political messages packaged inside great pop songs
It’s got some of his most aerodynamic songs in over a decade, but suffers from redundancy
A summer soul smash. Print edition only
Celebrate their quarter century in seismic style. Print edition only
These immersive 63 minutes mostly ripple with hallucinatory effect, overdubs virtually free of beats. Print edition only
State of the union address from the Montreal sextet. Print edition only
What Do You Think About The Car?
As twinkly-toed as debuts come. Print edition only
Serves up smart, sweet-sounding indie pop music that comes with a well-justified sting
The Irish Times
A thought provoking, powerful record, showcasing Declan's lyrical talent as well as the bands incredible musical ability
This 18-year-old’s politically charged debut is a powerful love letter to the youth
Opening with a rush of pure pop before moving onto more serious topics, McKenna’s debut bursts into life with a point to prove and those aims have certainly been fulfilled
The Line Of Best Fit
Sun-soaked protest songs
A floppy-haired teen singer-songwriter Declan may be - Jake Bugg he’s definitely not
A dense and challenging listen
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