Anjimile – Baby No More

Labels:Father/Daughter
Number of Tracks:1
Total Time:00:02:45
From the Album:Baby No More
Formats:AAA,Non-Commercial,NPR,Rock – Specialty,Specialty,Triple A
Available Date & Time: Aug 12 2020 09:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Aug 12 2020 00:00:00

Anjimile
Baby No More

Format(s): AAA, Non-Commercial, NPR, Rock – Specialty, Specialty, Triple A

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Debut album Giver Taker out September 18th via Father/Daughter Records

 

Giver Taker album release show on Saturday, September 19th at 8pm EST – stream here!

 

On Giver Taker, the gorgeous debut album by Anjimile, death and life are always entwined, wrapping around each other in a dance of reverence, reciprocity, and, ultimately, rebirth. 

 

Giver Taker is confident, intentional and introspective. Anjimile Chithambo (they/them, he/him) wrote much of the album while in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as while in the process of living more fully as a nonbinary trans person. Loss hovers over the album, whose songs grieve for lost friends (“Giver Taker”) and family members (“1978”) along with lost selves (“Maker,” “Baby No More,” “In Your Eyes.”) But here, grief yields an opening: a chance for new growth. “A lot of the album was written when I was literally in the process of improving my mental health, so there’s a lot of hopefulness and wonder at the fact that I was able to survive,” says Chithambo. “Not only survive but restart my life and work towards becoming the person I was meant to be.” 

 

Each song on the album is its own micro-journey, adding up to a transformative epic cycle created in collaboration with bandmate Justine Bowe of Photocomfort and New-York based artist/producer Gabe Goodman. “1978” and “Maker” both begin as Sufjan Stevens-esque pastoral ballads with Chithambo’s mesmerizing voice foregrounded against minimal instrumentation and swell into the realm of the majestic through the addition of warm, steady instrumentation (informed by the mix of 80’s pop and African music Chithambo’s Malawi-born parents played around the house) and harmonies by Bowe. “In Your Eyes” starts out hushed and builds to a crescendo via a mighty chorus inspired by none other than The Lion King. The allusion is fitting: each song encapsulates a heroic voyage, walked alone until accompanied by kindred souls. The choirs present throughout are equally deliberate. Chithambo grew up as a choir boy himself, and several songs (notably “Maker”) grasp not only towards reconciliation between his trans identity and his parents’ strong religious beliefs, but towards reclaiming his trans identity as an essential part of his own spirituality. (“[Less] Judeo-Christian, more ‘Colors of the Wind.’”) There is a boldness to this borrowing and shaping, a resoluteness that results from passing through hardship and emerging brighter, steadier. As a closing refrain on “To Meet You There” might sum it up: “Catalyst light of mine / now is your time.” 

 

Giver Taker was recorded in Brooklyn, Boston, and New Hampshire by Goodman, thanks in part to the Live Arts Boston Grant by the Boston Foundation. Giver Taker will be out September 18, 2020 on Father/Daughter Records.

Watch and listen to Anjimile's WYNC Soundcheck session here!
 

ALREADY ADDED @ INDIE 102.3, KHUM, KRCL, OPB, + WYCE, with airplay support from: KCMP, KCRW, KDTR, KEXP, KXCI, WCNR, WDET, WEQX, WERS, WFMU, WFUV, WLKK, WMBR, WNRN, WQRR, WRUV, WXPN + more.

"Finally, he is Anjimile inside and out. Reflected in his mirror and yours. Seen and named by himself, his ancestors, and anyone he crosses paths with. Living truthfully, unapologetically, and resiliently." – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUNDArtist of the Month

"It’s a deeply spiritual record — unabashedly holistic music for chaotic times." – ROLLING STONEArtists You Need To Know

"A warm, beautiful album, full of moments of wonder and joy at having emerged on the other side of hardship." – NPR

"Not only does Giver Taker lie in that special area where life is laid out, no pretences or hiding in the shadows, Chithambo’s vocals, in their ghostly nature, often forming into hollowed-out genteel howls, the pleasure comes from the pain – not in a sadistic manner, but it’s where realisation comes forth, where epiphany marries realism." – LINE OF BEST FITAlbum of the Week (8.5)

"Each song on the album takes its own journey." – KCRWTop Tune

"It’s gorgeous, a spindly acoustic guitar gaining more muscle behind it as the song goes along" – STEREOGUM

 

"A tender listen about personal growth" – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND 

 

"A fresh approach to the tropes of folk music" – UPROXX

 

"Self-discovery shines through on this soft, acoustic ballad—laden with exceptional harmonies and synths." – PASTE MAGAZINE 

 

"A song of both celebration and mourning, the track blends the minimal and the maximal, starting with modest folk rhythms and slowing growing into something altogether richer. " – VARIOUS SMALL FLAMES 

 

"Their concept is clear: to be a maker is godly, and to care for your inner “maker” is even more so." – VANYALAND MAGAZINE 

 

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