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Approved: Anjimile

By | Published on Thursday 21 October 2021


The latest signing to 4AD, Anjimile is back with their first brand new original music since last year’s acclaimed ‘Giver Taker’ album, new single ‘Stranger’.

As with that album, his unique songwriting style is given an otherworldly feel by (counterintuitively) employing a classic singer-songwriter production sound – courtesy of producer/pianist Thomas Bartlett and songwriter/producer Gabe Goodman.

Of the song itself, Anjimile says: “‘Stranger’ is something of a confrontation between my past and present selves in relationship to my trans identity. I started testosterone about three or four years ago, and it’s been simultaneously liberating and alarming to note the changes to my mind and body over the years”.

“‘Stranger’ is an admission to myself that, while I welcome all of those changes – especially the deepening effect of testosterone on my singing and speaking voice – it’s still scary and there is a degree of internal ambivalence to my transition. In transitioning I lost, or gave up, a part of myself. And that is hard to reconcile. ‘Stranger’ is an attempt at some semblance of reconciliation, I guess”.

Anjimile is currently working on their second album – and first for 4AD. Listen to ‘Stranger’ here:

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