Anohni and the Johnsons emerged as a poignant force in the early 2000s, captivating audiences with their soulful chamber pop and Anohni’s haunting vocals. Originating from the vibrant cultural melting pot of New York City, the band delved deep into themes of identity, love, and the complexities of societal landscapes. Their debut album, Antony and the Johnsons (2000), marked the beginning of their ascent, earning critical acclaim and paving the way for their magnum opus, I Am a Bird Now (2005). Collaborations with luminaries like Boy George and Lou Reed propelled them to new heights, culminating in the prestigious Mercury Prize recognition.
Despite disbanding in 2010, Anohni’s creative spirit persisted through solo ventures, leading to the release of their sixth studio album, My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross. This latest offering showcases a broad spectrum of themes, ranging from loss and inequality to ecological devastation and spiritual transformation. Returning after the 2016 album HOPELESSNESS, Anohni has described the creative process as both painstaking and inspired, offering a deeply personal lens through which to address pressing global concerns. With this album, they not only reflect on contemporary issues but also draw inspiration from the rich history of popular music, echoing themes that have resonated for over half a century.