“I wrote this song with my parents in mind as a sort of gesture of appreciation and love for everything they did to try and support me before, during, and after I went to rehab and got sober in early 2016,” Anjimile said in a press release. “Thanks, mom and dad.”
The song is a gentle ballad with the texture of a hymn: “Are you still drinking? / What were you thinking? / On my heart, weighing / I am still praying,” he lulls over delicate strumming.
The King follows 2020’s powerful Giver/Taker. Since then, he shared the one-off song “Stranger,” about which he said, “‘Stranger’ is something of a confrontation between my past and present selves in relationship to my trans identity. 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. ‘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.”
Listen to “Father” above.
The King is out 9/8 via 4AD. Find more information here.