ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS THE LAKE LP
Conceived as an introduction to Antony & the Johnsons' new full-length I Am A
Bird Now (due February 1, 2005 on Secretly Canadian), The Lake consists of three
songs, including the lead-off single to I Am A Bird Now, "Fistful of Love." The
song features a scorching horn section and subcultural icon Lou Reed on vocals
and searing lead guitar. In the tradition of subversive soul classics The
Crystals' "He Hit me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" and Millie Jackson's "Hurts So
Good," Antony sings this ode to getting the shit kicked out of you and learning
to love every minute of it. Could this be the overlooked theme song to J.T.
Leroy's The Heart is Deceitful? The complex emotional undertow of this track
reaches a cathartic roar by the song‚s finale. Antony shifts from a tremble to a
wail - a tempest of emotion - while Lou makes that crucial Berlin connection.
"The Lake," the title track of the EP, is an adaptation of a poem by Edgar Allen
Poe set to original music. Mystical folk hero Devendra Banhart included a live
version of Antony's "The Lake" on the critically hailed compilation of new
American music, The Golden Apples of the Sun. The track features Kevin Barker of
Currituck Co. on guitar and Julia Kent on cello, and is more subtle than the
live recording; Antony murmurs the lyrics inwardly, communicating at once the
longing, comfort, and existential fear evoked by the mythic lake. The EP closes
out with a lullaby, The Horror Has Gone, a simple fable with a hypnotic melody.
1. The Lake
2. Fistful of Love
3. Horror Is Gone