#15: Anohni – 4 Degrees

 

Anohni’s ‘Helplessness’ is one of the year’s most heralded and loved releases, and whilst I must admit that I did not connect with it as deeply as so many others did, few songs by any artist hooked me as tightly as this. Her voice has been one of music’s rarest experiences for years, dating at least as far back as the Mercury-winning Antony & The Johnsons days, through the brilliant collaborations with artists such as Hercules & Love Affair. The voice can soar gracefully through the record’s space like a cloud of starlings, or dart aggressively like a bird of prey, but it never slumps or relaxes. She knows all this of course, and wields her vocal chords with a judicious virtuosity.

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