Anohni Releases Drone Bomb Me Featuring Naomi Campbell

Anohni Releases Drone Bomb Me Featuring Naomi Campbell

ANOHNI RELEASES A NEW TRACK AND VIDEO STARRING NAOMI CAMPBELL

ANOHNI RELEASES A NEW TRACK AND VIDEO STARRING NAOMI CAMPBELL

Text: Ian David Monroe

Today, ANOHNI (formerly Antony of Antony and the Johnsons) releases her second track, “Drone Bomb Me,” off her forthcoming album, Hopelessness. The Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtronix Point Never-produced track hears the singer mockingly beg to be “blow[n] from the mountains,” adding, “Let me be the one, the one that you choose from above.” By perverting the traditional narratives of commercial love songs, ANOHNI illuminates the complete lack of humanitarianism, and compassion, in modern warfare.

The accompanying music video, directed by Nabil with art direction by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, features Naomi Campbell in a bunker-like room. The confidence of her sitting stance juxtaposed with the tears in her eyes makes it hard to tell if she’s the victim or the aggressor. This is likely the point. In a world of chaos, and conflicting ideologies, we are all both the victims and victimizers of injustice.

“Drone Bomb Me” is not the only instance of ANOHNI choosing to present her beliefs in the inverse. In the recently released “4 Degrees,” also off Hopelessness, she sings flippantly, “I want to see the dogs crying for water…It’s only four degrees.” The track references the potentially catastrophic effects of the world’s temperature increasing by four degrees Celsius by 2099, and the complete lack of urgency of world leaders to combat it.

It might be too early to say, but Hopelessness is shaping up to be one of the most important, or at least political, albums of 2016.

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