Anjimile Signs With 4AD and Shares New Single ‘Stranger’

He’s at work on his sophomore album
Anjimile Chithambo
Shervin Lainez

Anjimile Chithambo has signed with 4AD and released his debut with the label “Stranger.”

“’Stranger’ is something of a confrontation between my past and present selves in relationship to my trans identity,” Anjimile said in a statement. “I started testosterone about 3 or 4 years ago, and It’s been simultaneously liberating and alarming to note the changes to my mind and body over the years.”

 

 

The Dallas native sings a soft and warm embrace to himself, with a harmonic river of instruments slowly building into a triumphant revolution of accepting a new revelation about oneself, and allowing it to trickle in. No longer a child nor monster, Chithambo beautifully establishes “I’ll never be the same,” making for a powerful and inspiring ballad of his internal battles of transitioning, and how he set himself free.

“‘Stranger’ is an admission to myself that, while I welcome all of those changes–especially the deepening effect of testosterone on my singing and speaking voice–it’s still scary and there is a degree of internal ambivalence to my transition,” Anjimile continued. “In transitioning I lost, or gave up, a part of myself. And that is hard to reconcile. ‘Stranger’ is an attempt at some semblance of reconciliation, I guess.”

Anjimile released his debut Giver Taker in 2020 and is currently working on its follow-up.

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