Antony and Lou Reed are no strangers to one another. As a member of Reed's band, Antony accompanied him on his 2003 world tour as a vocalist. There Antony sang lead on the Velvet Underground classic "Candy Says" as well as on Reed's solo classic "Perfect Day". These performances are documented on Reed's latest double-live album Animal Serenade. Antony also contributed vocals for Reed's most recent album, The Raven.
"The Lake," the title track of the EP, is an adaptation of a poem by Edgar Allen Poe set to original music. Mystical folk hero Devendra Banhart included a live version of Antony's "The Lake" on the critically hailed compilation of new American music, The Golden Apples of the Sun. Pitchfork.com singled out Antony's track for glowing review, giving it 4.5 stars and calling it "breathtaking" and "powerful." The track features Kevin Barker of Currituck Co. on guitar and Julia Kent on cello, and is more subtle than the live recording; Antony murmurs the lyrics inwardly, communicating at once the longing, comfort, and existential fear evoked by the mythic lake. The EP closes out with a lullaby, The Horror Has Gone, a simple fable with a hypnotic melody.
A word should be said about the portrait of Candy Darling on the cover of "The Lake." This immortal close-up, entitled "Candy Darling on her Deathbed" is a never before published portrait of the famed Warhol superstar in hospital shortly before she died in 1974. The picture is one of a series taken by the late underground photographer Peter Hujar, a visionary artist.
(SC113 released: 11/02/04)