And, Anohni will be playing her first show in support of the new album on July 12, 2016, at the Flowers Festival in Turin, Italy, according to Pitchfork.
So, what can fans expect from this new solo release?
“The record is as different as could be from my previous work,” Anohni said in an email interview with an Antony and the Johnsons fan forum.
“I am not sure that many of you who prefer the early chamber music style will enjoy it! It is a dance / experimental electronic record with quite a dark thematic undertow,” she explained. “It is an album I felt very compelled to produce.”
She went on to state that Hopelessness contains songs that are going to be turned into “quite special” music videos, and described the album’s presentation onstage as being, “will be very unconventional and I’ll probably raise a few eyebrows,” according to the email interview transcript.
Additionally, Anohni answered the question that is most likely in the minds of many fans – will she ever give future “concerts with the Johnsons or an equivalent band?”
“I honestly don’t know if I will revisit that configuration again, or whether it will just remain a lovely memory of a wonderful period in my 30s,” she wrote.
“I adore all those musicians, Julia [Kent] and Max[im Moston] and Joan [Wasser] and co. They are all very busy with their own lives and projects these days, and my process has shifted and evolved,” she explained. “But the recordings are forever!!!! The funniest part of it is that I recorded I am a Bird Now to document that group of musicians before our configuration fell apart! None of us could have imagined that we would have that glorious run!”
Anohni is transgender and uses feminine pronouns.
“My closest friends and family use feminine pronouns for me. I have not mandated the press do one thing or another… In my personal life I prefer ‘she,’” Anohni wrote in an email response, which appeared in a November 2014 Flavorwire article.
“I think words are important. To call a person by their chosen gender is to honor their spirit, their life and contribution. ‘He’ is an invisible pronoun for me, it negates me,” she explained.
Lastly, in the email interview conducted by the Antony and the Johnsons fan forum, Anohni shed some light on the change of name that comes with her new release.
“Anohni is the name I have been using in my private life for several years,” she wrote.
“I felt like sharing it professionally for this project. ‘Antony and the Johnsons’ still exists as a band name, but I will be using Anohni most likely from now on on a personal level.”