From African pop to gospel music and yes, Sufjan Stevens, queer and trans artist, Anjimile is a teeming well of influences, but, at the same time, he is a refreshing spring of exceptional talent. Today, the Boston-based singer-songwriter has announced his debut album Giver Taker, out September 18 via Father/Daughter Records. Along with his record unveil, Anjimile has also shared the first single titled “Maker”.
Though an acoustic version of “Maker” was previously released as part of his 2019 EP, Anjimile translates its sparse and intimate nature into a fittingly gorgeous and more realized experience here. While the 2019 cut drew listeners into Anjimile’s story with tender plucks of guitar and warm vocals, this new version beckons you even further through an immersive and atmospheric alt-folk display that balloons lusher as his story deepens.
Spearheaded by a simple but profound question: “Have you ever seen anything quite like this?” we grow more accustomed to the individual Anjimile was and has become as the song progresses, ultimately leaving us with a striking refrain where he addresses himself as not just a boy, but a man, a god, and a maker. That being said, “Maker” only captures the tip of the iceberg of this rising talent’s ever-evolving story, one we’ll just have to anxiously await until September 18.
Check out the lyric video for Anjimile’s lovely new single, below. While you’re at it, give him a follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and preorder Giver Taker. You can also listen to “Maker” on your preferred platform here.