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Anjimile Celebrates Signing to 4AD with New Single “Stranger”: Stream

Marking his first new music since 2020's Giver Taker

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Anjimile, photo by Shervin Lainez
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    To mark his signing to 4AD, Anjimile has released a one-off single titled “Stranger.” The new track marks the former Artist of the Month’s first new music since his excellent 2020 debut album, Giver Taker.

    After kicking off with a strumming acoustic guitar, the deeply autobiographical “Stranger” adds in an understated piano which is joined by warm brass and pinpoint percussion halfway through the track. “I’m the same man/ Just a little stranger,” sings Anjimile tenderly about his experiences as a trans musician. “I’m not a monster anymore/ You said you wanted a change.” Listen to the the song below.

    “‘Stranger’ is something of a confrontation between my past and present selves in relationship to my trans identity,” explained Anjimile in a statement. “I started testosterone about 3 or 4 years ago, and It’s been simultaneously liberating and alarming to note the changes to my mind and body over the years.”

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    He added, “‘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.”

    In May, Anjimile released Reunion, an orchestral reimagining EP of songs from the aforementioned Giver Taker, featuring Jay Som, SASAMI, Lomelda, and Justine Bowe (Photocomfort). Last month saw Anjimile take on a cover of Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s “Ever New.”

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