Don’t miss Antony on the new dance track “Prisoner of Love” from Jessica 6‘s forthcoming debut album, See the Light. You may remember some of Jessica 6 as members of Hercules and Love Affair, whose 2008 single “Blind” also featured Antony on guest vocals. Check out the new track via Pitchfork HERE. See the Light will be out on June 7 via Peacefrog.
Listen to Antony’s take on the new MEN single, “Who Am I To Feel So Free.” The Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective MEN (led by JD Samson of Le Tigre) recently released their debut LP Talk About Body via IAMSOUND Records earlier this month. Antony and The Johnsons covered the song as a b-side for a digital release.
Antony performed a re-worked version of “Thank You For Your Love” on Letterman last Friday. With new lyrics, the song has become the perfect counter-part to last year’s Another World, and is nothing short of astonishing.
In other news, Antony has taken over as guest editor of Guardian Online this week where you can find an interview with Marina Abramovic, a piece on the ‘two-spirit tradition’ and a boardroom meeting with Editor Tim Jonze. Later this week Antony will feature a phone interview with Bjork, live performances and a slew of other surprises.
Antony and the Johnsons will release their five track EP Thank You For Your Love on August 24th via Secretly Canadian. The title-track is the lead single from the forthcoming album Swanlights also being released by Secretly Canadian on October 12. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP will be available for sale on August 5th. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. Click here to pre-order Swanlights and Thank You For Your Love.
On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused cry of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythms and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos. “You Are The Treasure” is the calm after the storm, “My Lord My Love” closes the A side as a song for a lost childhood. The B side features two unusual covers accompanied by Kevin Barker on Acoustic Guitar, the first is Bob Dylan’s “Pressing On”, Antony’s take is sweet, upbeat and beautiful. “Imagine” collaboration with avant-garde ambient composer William Basinski is a foreboding take on John Lennon’s hallowed song.
Artwork for the EP features photographs Antony took when he first arrived in NYC as a teenager in the early 90’s.
Antony and the Johnsons will also release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.
Thank You For Your Love
Thank You For Your Love Track List:
1. Thank You For Your Love
2. You Are The Treasure
3. My Lord My Love
4. Pressing On