Free Music Download - Ani DiFranco: "Play God EP"
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:15:43
Ani DiFranco is preparing to release the nineteenth full length studio album in her solo career. We're not even mentioning the other collaborative releases, EPs or official bootlegs that the singer songwriter has dropped across her twenty year career as a musician, poet, activist and feminist icon - but it's fair to say that as fast as DiFranco shares music her fevered fanbase requires more from her.
In June, the new album Binary will be released via Pledgemusic - so in celebration, and as a 'thank you' to the fans, the artist has shared a short EP over on NoiseTrade, it's called "Play God" and it's essential listening for the completest contingent of DiFranco's listeners.
The title track "Play God" sits like bookends on this EP. A studio version of what is being called a 'reproductive rights' anthem opens the collection, and a live version recorded at Red Rocks last year closes the EP. The track feels like the most urgent of DiFranco's recent offerings in that it also leads the new album and is offered elsewhere as a free download, along with tracks "Deferred Gratification" and "Binary" with preorders of the album. The track comes with an accompanying video which shows protests from all sides of the current political debate on female reproductive health. DiFrano, unsurprisingly, lands with her sights set on taking down the patriarchy. The track is not subtle - protest seldom is - and the issues carry with them a sense of urgency in the newly-jostling political arena.
Between the two versions of "Play God", the EP also includes live performances of timely songs from 2016, "Alla This" and "Subdivision". The tunes, as fans will know, focus on the importance of political resistance, and the damaging effects of institutionalised racism. These are classic subjects from DiFranco's canon, shared here with all the weight of her electrifying live performances.
Speaking about the new album DiFranco said: "I always title a record from the song that seems to be at its core," Ani says. "An underlying theme in the songs, and in the feminism I want to engage society with, is the idea that autonomy is a fallacy—nothing exists except in relationship to something else. We are, in some senses individuals with individual liberties and unique powers, but that's only a surface story." It seems appropriate that Binary, with it's focus on the importance of what is right and what is wrong, through the perspective of the artist, also explores the themes of relationships, both personal and political.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff