“No! If I can’t do my interpretive dance, I don’t want to dance with anyone.”
— Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
I know typically I write about vintage acts, but I’m compelled to direct you to something more contemporary today. The artist is Antony & The Johnsons, and since Antony and I have spend an inordinate amount of time over the years gushing back and forth about Laurie Anderson (his family used to listen to Big Science on car trips — honest), Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and Boy George, I figure he falls squarely in the WAMS realm. A Weird at My School classmate, if you would.
Antony releases a new EP tomorrow, featuring one song from his forthcoming album, The Crying Light, plus four tracks that will not appear on that January 2009 release. What follows is the video for the title track of the new EP, Another World, directed by Colin Whitaker. Just when I fear that contemporary audiences think “modern dance” is what you see in 50 Cent videos, or that ironic shoulder-shrugging thing hipsters do, along comes Antony’s pal Lola Naisse to assuage my fears. As a matter of fact, I find this entire video very soothing*.
*Which is remarkable, if you listen to the lyrics, and know the song was inspired by the devastation of our planet’s environment.