When Antony phoned Björk
some thoughts after hearing three tracks from Swanlights (I've bought the album today) > first I needed to hear Violetta, cuz it's name of the daughter of my sister. Well, that was over quite quickly
as for the title track - well, I was very reliefed when I heard it. That is because I found The Crying Light to be a tad boring at times, being too soft and slow and too much of the same - especially after I had heard Shake That Devil. I need my uptempo moments to enjoy Antony - I Am A Bird Now partially worked for me cuz it had Fistful Of Love. I was just so afraid he was gonna continue the nice and slow direction of The Crying Light. But then I heard the dark and creepy, almost electronica like opening from the title track...
as for Thank You For Your Love - well, I just think me and thank you songs don't go along that very well. There were others before by Sinéad and Alanis (and Dido too) that were a bit blah - nice intentions, boring execution and therefore not really reaching their point. Being oh so humble is nice, but not all that interesting to listen to. I think this particular song was saved a bit by the fact that it is a bit uptempo
on further listens, Ghost seems like a more shy and less moveable version of Shake That Devil
I was listening to my ipod with Cocorosie on shuffle , and i have this live show where Antony was there and they sang You Are My Sister
it's just , too beautiful
We've had some time to digest "Swanlights." I don't love it in the way that I love "Bird Now" and "Crying Light," but it's still an amazing album by an amazing band. Something is slightly off about the album. Maybe it's the song order? Many of the songs conjure up entirely different feelings but are still stuck beside each other on the album. Going from "Swanlights" to "Spirit" to "Thank You" is a jarring, disjointed experience sometimes!
Still, I really love this band. Antony just does everything that I want from music! I've had a hard time finding similar artists, though. Pandora isn't extremely helpful, and no matter how many times they throw an Iron & Wine song at me, I am not going to agree that they're similar bands, haha. Does anyone have any music recommendations for someone who is eat up with Antony and the Johnsons? I like pianos and mostly dislike guitars.
Try Baby Dee's last record Regifted Light which has lots of piano - some beautiful instrumentals and a crazy song about pie!!! Also the kind of compilation A Book of Songs for Anne Marie is gorgeous - mostly on harp. Quite different to Joanna. The Robin's Tiny Throat is nice, Safe Inside the Day is more bawdy - fun but I don't listen to it often.
Give her a few listens as on first listen I wasn't convinced it worked.
My favourites are
Love's Small Song
When I get Home
I love Baby Dee, actually! But you're right, that's a very good recommendation. My favorite Baby Dee song is "Price of a Sparrow."
So you're already a fan! super! From the just1star guys I got pointed to Agnes Obel
I think her song Riverside must be being used on tv and ads but can't think where or how!
If you know Baby Dee you'll probably know Joan As Police Woman...???
To Survive has some amazing piano (but some guitar too!).
I got the Swanlights EP today. Hmmm! An interesting choice for a single, I suppose, as it's probably the most inaccessible song on the album, especially for first-time listeners. The OPN edit of "Swanlights" is similar to the treatment that "Returnal" got on the Antony/Fennesz EP. Just some scattered lyrics with a light electronic atmosphere going on in the background. These OPN edits kind of make me dart my eyes around nervously.
We've had "Find the Rhythm of Your Love" for years, so that was nothing new, but the new b-side "Kissing Noone" is pretty darn good. It's just Antony and the piano, as I prefer it. It has some really great lyrics.
Was it a dream...
From the abyss?
Deep inside nowheres...
Kissing no one
Your hopes haunt me
Your hopes curse me
Just a heads up that as of this morning, Ticketmaster had excellent seats for this month's orchestra show in NYC.
holy fuck. just got back from the radio city show. amazing! what an incredible experience. visually it was awe inspiring. the lighting and minimal set were fantastic. antony sounded great too.
this review has a bunch of pics:
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New live album! Including recordings with the Dutch National Chamber Orchestra! I'm guessing those orchestral arrangements will be the same as were performed with the Metropole orchestra, which means we're getting a release of those fantastic arrangements finally.
I'm so thrilled about this. The orchestral versions of "I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy" and "Another World" in particular are just stunning.
Antony and the Johnsons have announced that the band will release a new live album entitled Cut the World. Recorded last September in Copenhagen, Denmark during a series of performances with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the record collects material from the band's four full-length albums Swanlights, The Crying Light, I Am a Bird Now, and S/T.
Previously unreleased songs will also be included, such as the LP's title track, which is taken from the stage show The Life and Death of Marina AbramoviÄ‡. You can view the full tracklisting of the album below, as well as listen to the included piece, "Future Feminism," a speech Antony Hegarty actually made during one of the concerts, addressing the affects of patriarchy on the global ecology, and the possibilities of feminine systems of goverance. Cut the World will be available Aug. 7 in North America and Aug. 6 in the UK.
Cut the World:
Cut the World
Cripple and the Starfish
You Are My Sister
Epilepsy Is Dancing
Kiss My Name
I Fell in Love With a Dead Boy
The Crying Light
Wonderful!!! That is terribly exciting, I've wanted a copy of that version of "I Fell in Love With a Dead Boy" forever.
There was another concert with the Metropole earlier this month it seems. Stumbled across some videos while I was searching for that previous one: