Friday, January 30, 2009

Antony & the Johnsons: The Crying Light

There's no one quite like Antony Hegarty. He sings in a unique and unorthodox fashion that attracts comparisons to Bjork, although they sound nothing alike. In his best songs, he articulates a similar devotional quality that I hear in Leonard Cohen:

That's Kazuo Ohno on the cover, a Japanese butoh dancer. It has to be one of my all-time favourite covers - Emily Dickinson meets the Peruvian Mummy. Antony writes:
"The Crying Light is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He's kind of like my art parent."

Their new Wachowski Brothers' directed video for "Epilepsy is Dancing" was removed from YouTube for "indecency" and put back it lives on via Pitchfork:

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