Mercury Prize winner posts lengthy statement
Anohni the artist formerly known as Antony & The Johnsons, has hit out at Pitchfork after failing to make it on to the music site’s Top 20 albums.
The singer posted a lengthy Facebook post, which has since been deleted, pointing out that her album ‘Hopelessness’ received a 9 out of 10 score alongside LPs by David Bowie, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Kanye West, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper and A Tribe Called Quest.
Other than Anohni’s record, all of the other LPs made it into the site’s Top 20 albums.
“No ciswoman at all received a score of 9 or above in year 2016. What does this say about the way that women’s works are perceived as popular, but rarely critical successes,” she wrote.
“Every single one of the bands above has appeared in Pitchfork’s end-of-the-year-by-genre lists except Anohni, who was not listed within the top 20 of any category, despite receiving from Pitchfork the album’s highest ratings of the year in both genres she was assigned to: Pop/R&B and Experimental. Besides Anohni, only Frank Ocean received 9/10 in the pop/R&B category. No one else in experimental received 9/10.”
Anohni continued: “Perhaps the album has simply sunk in Pitchfork’s estimation since they first reviewed it so emphatically, which is fair enough and their absolute right to assert. ‘Hopelessness’ was designed to provoke urgent communication and reassessment and it is important not to forfeit that conversation without at least querying it.
“Perhaps Pitchfork or Conde Nast has taken issue with some aspect of the politics of the record. Why has this subtle erasure been enacted.”
The LP made it into NME’s Albums Of The Year 2016.
You can read the post below:
“Obama, please let Chelsea Manning out of prison,” the singer wrote. “Recognise her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability… If you leave her in prison, you send the final message to our nation that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage in these unforgiving United States.”
She continued: “Show us the heart of the Obama administration now. The election is over. There is no political advantage left in allowing Chelsea to perish in prison.”