Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has always been an innovator and iconoclast; with the book and CD set Swanlights, he fuses music and art to create a hybrid as achingly romantic as the artist himself.
Although Antony’s music can always stand on its own, the two elements of Swanlights are best taken together. Page through the book as you listen to the album and you’ll find drawings, paintings, cut-outs, scrawled song lyrics, and photos of Hegarty that suggest a complex, conflicted relationship to the natural world. Just as in his music, the images build to intense, even violent, crescendos, then recede into the quiet of white space and delicate scribbles.
Click through below for a gallery of images and video from Swanlights.
Antony Hegarty, Christina’s Farm
Antony Hegarty, The Creek
Swanlights book cover
“Thank You for Your Love” music video: