Daily Dose Pick: Antony and the Johnsons

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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.

Visit Antony and the Johnsons’ official site, read a new interview with Hegarty, become a fan on Facebook, and buy a copy of Swanlights

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Click through below for a gallery of images and video from Swanlights.

Antony Hegarty, Christina’s Farm

Antony Hegarty, The Creek

Swanlights book cover

Antony Hegarty

“Thank You for Your Love” music video: