Rufus Wainwright's upcoming new album will feature a duet with singer Antony on "Old Whore's Diet." The androgynous Antony is fronting Antony & The Johnson, a New York quartet that is rapidly gaining a steady amount of buzz among music aficionados and which has been dubbed an "utterly queer musical sensation."
Antony is greatly inspired by 1960's NYC and the artists from that period have embraced him. One of his collaborators and champions is Lou Reed who recently said in a press statement, "When I first heard "Cripple and the Starfish"‚ I knew I was in the presence of an angel. His amazing band contributes to one extraordinary experience of musical wit, depth and most of all beauteous heart. Antony is heir to the sublime Jimmy Scott."
Antony & The Johnsons forthcoming album "I Am A Bird Now" is due in February 2005 on Secretly Canadian Records. I listened to an advance of the record and was blown away by the delicate vocals and tender delivery of Antony that invoke memories of Al Green and Tracey Chapman.
The singer gets help from friends Boy George and Wainwright who sings lead vocals on the track "What Can I Do."
Combining melancholic songwriting intelligence with inimitable vocals, Antony is an arresting talent who is poised to be one of the most noteworthy acts of 2005.
Check out Antony & The Johnsons' web site that features MP3's from previous recordings.