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ANOHNI features on new Hercules and Love Affair single "Poisonous Storytelling"

06 April 2022, 14:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Hercules and Love Affair have unveiled a second track from their In Amber album titled "Poisonous Storytelling", which also features ANOHNI.

"Poisonous Storytelling" follows Hercules and Love Affair's February lead single "Grace", and features ANOHNI, marking Andy Butler's first collaboration with ANOHNI since 2008's "Blind".

Butler says of the new release, ""Poisonous Storytelling" started as a song called "Sacral" - The music evoked sacred rites, but the word "Sacral" also speaks to one of the sources of our rootedness and stability."

"ANOHNI’s lyrics outline a constellation of systemic brokenness within global society," Butler adds. "Addressing cultural narrators, newscasters, film makers and prophets, ANOHNI states, "We must be careful with new narratives, because everyone is rotted out from poisonous storytelling"."

In Amber will follow Butler's 2017 Hercules album Omnion. Butler said of the album in February, "Across this record, there are emotional fields I hadn’t ventured into previously with Hercules & Love Affair. Destruction, rage, loss, but also redemption and journeying towards empowerment are all touchstones on the album. It has taken years to make, but I am happy to put it forward now, at a moment in time where we have all been confronted with such heightened feelings collectively and on an unprecedented scale."

He continued, "In dance music, the focus tends to be more on celebration, joy, desire, heartbreak. But rage? Existential contemplation? Not so much…certain emotions seemed to be off limits."

"In some ways, In Amber is a record I didn’t know I had in me," Butler added. "From singing out, to suggesting to get Budgie (from Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Creatures fame) to participate, to derailing some of the arrangements for more impact - ANOHNI definitely pulled much of it out of me."

"Poisonous Storytelling" with ANOHNI is out now. Hercules and Love Affair's In Amber album will arrive via BMG Records on 17 June, and is available to pre-order now.
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