Friday, January 2, 2009

The Crying Light

I'm having one of those moments that happen just a few times a year. The utter excitement and anticipation of a new release from a favourite artist. The kind that makes your stomach hurt, knotted and twisted wishing you could have the whole thing in your ears immediately.

Antony and the Johnsons release their new album, The Crying Light, in just a couple of weeks. A few days ago, while I was off the radar with the family, the album leaked but was pounced upon by record executives. I missed my chance. After endless searching, I found a place to stream clips of the new songs, but this only makes it hurt worse. Take a listen and let your anticipation build.

What I can tell from the clips is that we're in for the same lush and spooky arrangements we're used to but something I can't quite put a finger on. too I think it's commercialism, but in a good way. A&tJ's first album was a crazy musical romp with songs like "Hitler in My Heart" and "Cripple and the Starfish". It was loud and wild and mildly unfocused with ultra-creepy cover art. With growing fame, maturity, and a Mercury Prize under their belts, their work has settled into itself leaving behind some of the flagrant quirkiness and affectation but maintaining the artistry and integrity.

Look into it. I know I won't be disappointed.


  1. I added you to my blogroll!

    Have you heard Antony with Michael Cashmore of current 93solo ep? Its Really good. Antony Does vocals On most of the tracks.

    Check it out, You can get it on Itunes.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Yeah I got that the DAY it came out! I looooove it. Marvelous.

  3. thank you, thank you, thank you. You've just introduced me to a new addiction. I carefully listened in amazement to each clip, and am off to buy all that I can get my hands on. Are you a Nina Simone fan?