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What is it about Antony & The Johnsons that makes otherwise naff titles seem so wholly and utterly wonderful? In the hands of anybody else, the title of this song would make me shudder and cringe, but I can’t help but love everything that Antony Hegarty does. I think it’s got something to do with the honesty of his words and his lack of fear and refusal to pretend to be anybody but himself. That amazing voice and wonderful musicianship might have a tiny bit to do with it as well – that moment at 1:21 when the pace picks up and the horns come in is just gorgeous.
Antony & The Johnsons released the five track EP Thank You For Your Love last month (buy here) which also features a cover of Dylan’s ‘Pressing On’ and Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. The title track will also be appearing on the forthcoming album Swanlights, out October 11.
Want more? You can also check out the official video for ‘Thank You For Your Love’ below, featuring footage of New York in the 90’s, shot by Antony upon his arrival in the city. It’s an amazing piece of work. Again, it’s the 1:20 minute mark that gets me – the way it cuts from his eyes, to the stockings, to the shoes. Love it.
- Antony Hegarty Streams ‘Flétta’ Duet With Bjork (spinner.com)
- Listen: New Antony and the Johnsons: “Thank You for Your Love” (pitchfork.com)
- Antony Hegarty supplements album with art book (reuters.com)