Antony and the Johnsons will release the â€œSwanlightsâ€ EP digitally and on 10â€via Secretly Canadian on April 26. A CD version is forthcoming. The 10â€ vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, April 16. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never as well as two exclusive b-sides. Antonyâ€™s sister, Sara Hegarty, directed the â€œSwanlightsâ€ video. It contains excerpts from the forthcoming film â€œThe Last Hymnâ€ featuring Sierra Paris. Antony has described the concept of swanlights as â€œthe reflection of light on the surface of the water at night and the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost. â€œ See the video here (Pitchfork).
Antony and the Johnsons performed at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA on March 2. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas and bringing together people in the technology, entertainment and design fields. The TED site has photos of the special performance here.
Also, Matmos has joined the team for the forthcoming production of “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic” which includes Antony, Marina Abromovic, Willem Dafoe, and Robert Wilson. The show features scenes from AbramoviÄ‡â€™s life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as a performance artist. It also features original and traditional music, including songs written and performed by Antony.
Antony and the Johnsons released their latest album, â€œSwanlightsâ€ last October on Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image simultaneously released a special edition of â€œSwanlightsâ€ that includes the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antonyâ€™s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album and book are a continuation of Antonyâ€™s work exploring his connection to the natural world.
â€œSwanlightsâ€ EP Tracklist
1 – Swanlights
2 â€“ Find The Rhythm Of Your Love
3 – Kissing Noone
4 – Swanlights OPN edit