In the wake of 2010′s Swanlights LP, we’re pleased to announce that Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Swanlights” EP this spring, including a 10″ vinyl version for Record Store Day on April 16. The Swanlights EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never as well as two exclusive b-sides. Antony’s sister, Sara Hegarty, directed the “Swanlights” video. Antony has described the concept of swanlights as “the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night and the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost.”
Antony and the Johnsons have also announced a performance at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA on March 2. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and bringing together people in the technology, entertainment and design fields.
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.
We are so happy to share with you the beautiful and moving new video for Antony and the Johnson’s “Thank You For Your Love.” The video includes Super 8 footage that Antony shot when he first moved to New York in the early 90′s. It’s a step back in time to when we did not know Antony, where we can see where he was and contemplate where his art would go. Artistically it moves forward while simultaneously looking back.
More info on the Thank You for Your Love EP and the upcoming LP Swanlights after the jump.
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
“The Creek,” one of the pieces included in the Swanlights hardcover art book
We previously announced the release of Antony and the Johnsons’ album and 144-page hardcover book, Swanlights in May. Since then, the date has been changed to October 12th in North America and the 11th in Europe. To the devotees-we assure you its worth the week-long wait!
Björk joins Antony on the album with the duet “Flétta.” The two have already collaborated on “The Dull Flame of Desire” and “My Juvenile” from Björk’s 2007 album Volta.