Anhoni and the Johnsons
My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross
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 describes soulfully 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.
A portrait of legendary human rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, taken by
Alvin Baltrop, features on the cover, reflecting a 25-year relationship with the
memory of Johnson that ANOHNI has held space for in the presentation of
her own work.
Elsewhere, the album artwork states, ‘IT’S TIME TO FEEL WHAT’S REALLY
HAPPENING’. In some ways it feels as if she is reaching across her life’s
expression, and has found a moment of unique composure, wearing her long
exploration of disarming intensity, with the maturity of a painter carefully
choosing her colours. “I want the work to be useful, to help others move
through these conversations we are now facing, to move with dignity and
resilience through this bitter dawning.”
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