Antony and the Johnsons have announced details of a third album entitled The Crying Light out January 20th on the Secretly Canadian label. The Crying Light is the follow-up to I Am a Bird Now.
According to the press release it will find Antony shifting his focus to his relationship with the natural world.
The intimacy of the Johnsons’ sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhly’s symphonic arrangements. The first moments of ‘Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground’ unveil an animist world in which the leaves are winking and the sun ”¦dances crystals in my eyes.’ The joyful ricochets of ‘Kiss My Name’ and the spiraling waltz of ‘Epilepsy Is Dancing’ are to follow. The record’s centerpiece, ‘Another World’ traces the singer’s despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The striking vocal on ‘Dust and Water’ seems to sooth the mind like an unfurling and pastoral ‘Everglade’ concludes the album, Antony stepping beyond the confines of his loneliness and into the landscape to find that his ”¦Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Home’¦’ Antony falls into a reverie and seems join the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light ‘.