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Antony & The Johnsons: New Album Details
The Quietus , May 18th, 2012 14:55

Cut The World released on 6th August

Antony Hegarty's group Antony & The Johnsons are set to release their fifth album, Cut The World, on 6th August through Rough Trade.

Rather than an album of new material per se, it sounds more like an enhanced and re-imagined take on a 'greatest hits' collection. Cut The World will gather together live symphonic recordings of tracks from his entire back catalogue, recorded with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and arranged by Nico Muhly, Maxim Moston, Rob Moose and Antony himself. There's only one totally new song here, opener 'Cut The World' which, unlike the rest of the album, was studio recorded. The tracklist runs as follows.

'Cut the World'
'Future Feminism'
'Cripple and the Starfish'
'You Are My Sister'
'Epilepsy Is Dancing'
'Another World'
'Kiss My Name'
'I Fell In Love With a Dead Boy'
'The Rapture'
'The Crying Light'

To accompany the announcement, Antony has made a video to accompany album track Future Feminism - watch below.

Future Feminism is also a theme that crops up around the Antony-curated Meltdown festival, which takes place at the Southbank Centre, London, from 1st-12th August. It features acts from Laurie Anderson and Diamanda Galas to Marc Almond, Cyclobe, David Tibet's Myrninerest, William Basinski and Elizabeth Fraser. Click here for more details.

“I dreamed of assembling a constellation of courageous artists, all of whom have used their platforms as cultural producers to challenge us," said Hegarty when the line-up was released. "They have exhibited a ferocity in their pursuit of beauty, and, falling like a guillotine behind it, justice.

"Today I am among a group of artists from NYC (some of whom are performing at this Meltdown Festival) who reject patriarchy in its myriad virulent and apocalyptic manifestations, and who advocate for a fundamental shift towards the feminine in all our systems and structures of governance. We have named this approach Future Feminism."