Antony and the Johnsons – ‘Swanlights’

With vocals that are laid out as though naked and raw, slipping through the track like paper thin fingers, this is a stripped back and tentatively haunting piece of music that forms the title track of new album ‘Swanlights’. The lyrics run through the ambient melodies and odd noise structures like wavering riddles, rippling across the delicate punctuations of piano.

The former Mercury Prize winner was propelled into the spotlight with his second album, ‘I Am Bird Now’, in which he created an otherworld of haunting beats set against twisting tales of abuse and sexuality. ‘Swanlights’ is no exception, with an array of beautiful compositions played out against a voice that emits a quiet, broken yet captivating sadness.

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