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Drone Bomb Me

Anohni
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Drone bomb me

Two days after the Obama administration killed 150 Somali people in a drone attack, ANOHNI released “Drone Bomb Me,” the second single off HOPELESSNESS. It’s a coincidence that could have aligned on many other weeks: U.S. drone warfare has steadily expanded in the last decade, operating in relative secrecy that has only recently been challenged by artists and journalists in projects such as The Intercept’s Drone Papers, Addie Wagenknect’s “Drone Painting,” and Laura Poitras’ Astro Noise. “Drone Bomb Me” joins these ranks, written from the perspective of a girl seeking death after her family was killed in a drone attack.
As with “4 Degrees,” which personified the hypocrisy behind climate change, ANOHNI is not letting anyone off the hook. “Blow me from the mountain and into the sea,” she croons over a major synth drop. Her voice, and the production by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, are both darkly seductive, implicating the listener as they trace the war all the way home to the body. Writing in the language of unrequited love with pleas like “I want to be the apple of your eye” and “let me be the one that you choose tonight,” ANOHNI turns the abstracted, faceless nature of drone warfare into something chillingly intimate.
pitchfork.com

Anohni Drone Bomb Me


“Drone Bomb Me” is the second single from Anohni’s new album “HOPELESSNESS.” This track is a direct response to drone warfare and terrorism. To use her words, “It’s a love song from the perspective of a girl in Afghanistan, say a 9-year-old girl whose family’s been killed by a drone bomb,…She is kind of looking up at the sky and she’s gotten herself to a place where she just wants to be killed by a drone bomb too.”
Drone bomb me
Blow me from the mountains
And into the sea
Blow me from the side of the mountain
Blow my head off
Explode my crystal guts
Lay my purple on the grass

I have a glint in my eye
I think I want to die
I want to be the apple of your eye

Drone bomb me
Blow me from the mountains
And into the sea
Blow me from the side of the mountain
Blow my head off
Explode my crystal guts
Lay my purple on the grass

Let me be the first
I’m not so innocent
Let me be the one
The one that you choose from above
After all, I’m partly to blame

Drone bomb me
(After all, I’m partly to blame)
Blow me from the mountains
And into the sea
Blow me from the mountains
And into the sea
(I’m not so innocent)
Blow my head off
Explode my crystal guts

My blood, my blood
Choose me tonight
Let me be the one
The one that you choose tonight

30/4/2016 - 13:07



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