Just in time for Inauguration Day, veteran avant-pop duo CocoRosie have delivered a driving, noise-interspersed anti-Trump anthem featuring ANOHNI. It’s both a timely call-to-arms and, as Pitchfork reports, an announcement of an upcoming album by CocoRosie. The verse lyrics are free-associative and confrontational; ANOHNI’s hook is catchy and slightly melancholic, espousing the general thesis of the song succinctly: It’s time to burn it all down.
The band released a mission statement and a poem by Bianca Cassady, along with the single:
Today, we share a new song to inspire the weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens. We just started working on a new album, but “Smoke ‘em Out” begged to be turned loose on the world now, as a means of participation during these turbulent yet invigorating times. Joined on guest vocals by our fellow Future Feminist ANOHNI, “Smoke ‘em Out” welcomes the new character who will be occupying the White House with a mob of women and children armed with forks and knives. In the wake of this un-natural disaster, we feel a call to rise, shout, and burn the house down. Included is a poem we have written as a kind of channeling which digs deeper into the subtext of the lyrics exploring the unending end of time ambiance and the idea that “the future is female” and a very necessary force to be reckoned with.
Bianca & Sierra Casady
Listen to “Smoke ’em Out” below.