Anjimilie – The King (Sealed UK import))


The King is the second studio album by American folk musician Anjimile Chithambo, better known as Anjimile. It was released on September 8, 2023, through 4AD. Chithambo wrote and co-produced all the songs, with additional production credits from Justine Bowe and Shawn Everett. It features contributions from Justine Bowe, Brad Allen Williams, Sam Gendel, and James Krivchenia.

Noah Barker of Line of Best Fit thought Chithambo crafted a “masterstroke folk album” where each track “is a watershed moment ceding itself the next”. Pastes Natalie Marlin named The King “album of the week” in which the musician “upends his sound to craft a grand portrait of fiery rage and tender self-mythologizing”. Bhanuj Kappal of Pitchfork saw the album as “an invitation to feel deeply”, where Chithambo tells the listener to accept one’s suffering, “not run away from it”. It would put the person at risk of letting the “unattended wounds” drag them “into the abyss”. Contrary to their previous record, The King sheds away all the “bright and airy” moments from his sound, replacing it with an “atmosphere suffused with dread”, alternating between “between post-rock grandeur, sepulchral dirge, and sepia-tinged folk


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