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Antony Hegarty, the otherworldly operatic voice behind Antony And The Johnsons, has teamed up with an unlikely pair of co-producers—Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never—to craft her forthcoming full-length album, HOPELESSNESS. Packaged with the fresh, new moniker ANOHNI, Hegarty has previously described the collaborative project as an “experimental electronic record with quite a dark thematic undertow”—a promise that’s upheld with the LP’s lead melancholic single, “4 DEGREES.”
The track was released yesterday “in solidarity with the climate conference in Paris,” Hegarty explained on her Facebook. Lyrically, the singer reflects on her own destructive behaviors that affect the environment, challenging listeners to also “be brave” and “tell the truth” in order to create a new world. The title alone, “4 DEGREES,” seemingly refers to the scientific theory, which suggests it’d take a mere two degree shift in temperature for catastrophic doom to ensue.
“I want to hear the dogs crying for water, she wails, self-aware, penning what reads like an apocalyptic death wish. “I want to see the fish go belly up in the sea; And all those lemurs and all those tiny creatures, I want to see them burn.” Such extreme lyrics seem irrational at first, but considering our world carelessly ignores the realities of climate change, we’re all ultimately fueling global degeneration—inevitably begging to see these “tiny creatures” burn.
Hegarty first debuted the climate change anthem at Primavera Sound Festival last spring, unveiling the anticipated recipe of her organic vocals and powerful production from two of electronic’s biggest contemporary names. ANOHNI seems like an unlikely trio, especially considering Mohawke’s core contributions to hip-hop (Kanye West, Drake, Pusha T), but it’s a fusion of disparate sounds that really works; the monumental horns from Mohawke’s “Chimes” get strung throughout “4 DEGREES,” as incessant, tribal drums reinforce the narrative’s importance to create an epic soundtrack for a future climate-concious generation. Listen, below: