As yet, we haven’t heard any of the tracks from the upcoming Antony and the Johnsons offering, “Swanlight”, but some intriguing new details have been revealed. Yesterday we learned from Björk’s site that the Icelandic princess will appear on the album, singing a track called “Flétta” alongside Hegarty. The title is apparently the Icelandic word for both “braid” and “lichen.”
Antony’s webpage simultaneously confirmed this and also reported that the record is more exotic and mature, and has been created using a richer sonic pallet which is unafraid of experimental percussive elements, John Cale –like string drones, symphonic horn parts and even uses distorted guitars to reflection a wider range of emotions.
Here you can read about the songs which will be included on “Swanlight”. It will be in stores from the 11th of October in the UK (released by Rough Trade) and a day later in the USA (via Se cretly Canadian). Abrams Image will be taking care of the deluxe edition, which will include a 144-page booklet with collages, paintings, illustrations, photos and texts written by Antony.
In related news, from the offices of Mr. Hegarty another strange union has emerged: Antony has lent his voice to an apparently acoustic cover of “Returnal”, the title track of Oneothrix Point Never’s latest album. The track will be released by the end of August as the A-side of a 7” on the Editions Mego imprint, with a Fennesz remix on the flipside.
Antony and The Johnsons - “Swanlights” 01 Everything Is New02. The Great White Ocean03. Ghost04. I'm in Love05. Violetta06. Swanlights07. The Spirit Was Gone08. Thank You for Your Love09. Flétta (with Björk)10. Salt Silver Oxygen11. Christina's Farm