Antony And The Johnsons Streaming Their New Swanlights, Playing Lincoln Center's White Light Festival October 30
"A rough approximation of feeling good," is how NPR, one of the two outlets currently offering full streams of Antony and the Johnsons' Swanlights, describes the latest record from the heretofore dourly gorgeous NYC folk warbler, who at first blush does indeed appear to have cheered up immensely, even if song titles like "I'm in Love" and "Thank You for Your Love" are very possibly still traps of some sort. A guest-starring spot for Björk on "Fletta" could likewise go either way.
Decide for yourself at the journalistic outlet of your choosing: Both NPR and the Guardian are streaming the whole thing. And should this pique your interest, Antony is heading to Lincoln Center later this month, performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke's October 30 at Alice Tully Hall as part of the White Light Festival, a "new annual fall festival focused on music's transcendent capacity to illuminate our larger interior universe" running October 28 through November 18 and also featuring Meredith Monk, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Latvian National Choir, and Kanye West, whose involvement I just made up but would nonetheless be entirely appropriate now that his performances are so highbrow.