More Antony & The Johnsons Swanlights Info

The first we heard about the Swanlights CD/book was back in February when I spoke with Antony about his trip to Japan/the completion of The Crying Light cycle. A bit later we reported you can get the collection in regular form and as a special edition that packs the CD inside a 144-page book along with Hegarty’s paintings, collages, photography, and writing. (As far as non-book enticements, the album-only version includes “Flétta,” a duet with Björk.) We’re told the album/book “are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world” and that, sonically, we can expect “strange percussive elements, John Cale-esque string drones, heavily distorted guitars and symphonic winds and strings thread[ing] the song cycle together.” As far as the visual, take a look at a couple of the book’s images while you look over the tracklist (one above, another below).


01 “Everything Is New”
02 “The Great White Ocean?”
03 “Ghost”
0?4 “I’m In Love”
0?5 “Violetta”
0?6 “Swanlights”
0?7 “The Spirit Was Gone”
0?8 “Thank You For Your Love?”
09 “Flétta (Feat. Björk)?”
10 “Salt Silver Oxygen”
11 “Christina’s Farm”

Swanlights is out 10/12 via Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image will simultaneously publish the special edition. Another image here:

The press release blurb re: the book:

The Swanlights book is a collection of thought-provoking paintings, drawings, collages, photography, and writings. Dreamlike and often bleakly environmental, Antony depicts a natural and spiritual world under siege. Much of the work aches with a forlorn romanticism. In some pieces, the artist draws together fragments of the past, the present and the future to create a ghostly sense of omniscience. One image features a portrait of the artist with his great grandmother’s face projected upon his own, creating a ricochet through time and genealogy.  Found images of natural landscapes are stained with scrawls of ink, indicating invisible presence and movement. Some pieces are more conceptual; in “Cut Away The Bad,” the artist removes corrupted elements in an attempt to restore balance.  In pieces like “I Want To Help” Antony sews a torn landscape back together with a magical intent.

In other Antony-related news, he and I recently initiated a dialogue about CocoRosie.