Anji: Creatrix, Reborn
Purgatory at the Masquerade is a fitting location to celebrate Anji’s Dark EP release on Thursday, 7 June at 7 p.m. Dark is but the first tier in musical ascension of the creative entity that is Anji, and the album embraces the journey through darkness into eventual Light (the next EP in the making).
Anji (pronounced "on-yee") is new to the local Atlanta music scene, but frontwoman Angela Hutchins is not. Hutchins released her debut album in 2014 called "All Things Anew," -- but then fell away from making music as life, loss, and doubt disrupted her creative drive. Hutchins lost friendships, a vital relationship, and, for a while, her sense of purpose, plunging further into a seemingly bottomless depression. Instead of trying to escape from the feeling of soul-heaviness, Hutchins embraced it, and through this acceptance of her own shadow came the inevitable rebirth; creatrix Anji was born. Dark is about letting go of the idea of positivity and giving in to despair in its full capacity in order to emerge stronger:
"I had to learn to speak my truth for myself, even the dark, ugly parts of it. In doing so I hope to validate others to do the same, for the sake of healing and moving forward into the light."
Anji describes Dark’s creation process as both a catharsis and a catalyst. Fittingly, she met her current bandmates at a yoga studio, and it was not long before she began recording and performing with them. She also manages their band, Trashionality, through her newly formed record label, Kaizen records. Though there were numerous challenges involved with creating the album and navigating the music scene as a young woman, the experience has proved positive for those involved. Anji’s entire assemblage embodies the regenerative themes present in Dark: Kaizen is is a Japanese word meaning "good change,” which she seeks to inspire in those around her, from fans to colleagues. Anji is a Sanskrit word meaning "the gift given with both hands"; the name in conjunction with the Dark’s triangular album logo represents the alchemy of self; that empowerment is in one’s own hands even in (or especially in) the low moments.
"I went into the dark alone, and emerged having found my voice, purpose, and tribe."
Dark’s release party at 7 p.m at the Masquerade on 7 June, 2018 will feature a playthrough of the album, a cool surprise cover, and a special guest appearance by a rainstick. A limited number of personalized copies of Dark will be available, along with other merch and Hutchin's previous work. In the near future, be on the lookout for an undisclosed music video, and more upcoming shows, and of course Light, the follow-up to Dark.
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