ANOHNI has shared a new single featuring a pair of covers: Bob Dylan ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ and a live rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Be My Husband’. The single will be released as a 7″ arrives on October 2 via Secretly Canadian, and is available to stream online now. Listen to the covers below, and scroll for the artist’s statements on the tracks.
ANOHNI’s last studio album, Hopelessness, was released in 2016; it was followed by the 2017 companion EP, Paradise. More recently, she collaborated with Jade Bell and J. Ralph for the 2019 track ‘KARMA’.
‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’:
‘Be My Husband’:
I saw Nina Simone perform at Carnegie Hall in 1991 while I was still in college. The concert was not properly publicized, and the theater was only half full. I think it may have been her first time back in NYC in many years. She was rumored to be volatile and unpredictable. That night she sang and played with such dignity, so incredibly, and she did five or six encores. For me, she was the greatest musician of the 20th Century. She didn’t write many songs, but the ones she wrote were among the most profound of the era. “Be My Husband” was one such song. The lyrics spin a paradox of romantic assertion and submission. This live version of the song was recorded at an Antony and the Johnsons concert at the Knitting Factory in NYC in 1999.