Firstly, I’d like to state that he prefers to be addressed as “she”, so I’ll respectfully honour her wishes.
Lou Reed’s quote summed her up perfectly when he said, “When I heard him, I knew that I was in the presence of an angel"; And she truly is. Holding one of the most important voices in musical history, she’s crafted a sound of such dark, utter beauty; that I defy anyone to listen to it and not have their hearts broken.
I wanted to focus mainly on the album ‘I Am a Bird Now’. This was the year I gained a huge amount of respect for the Mercury Music Prize, after it was awarded to Antony for this album in 2005. It’s in my Top 5 of all time, and contains 10 tracks of such diverse, joyful, sad, and generally emotionally-draining beauty; that each time I listen to it is like having a conversation with the Gods.
You HAVE to listen to every song on there, so I've decided to focus on one of her lesser known tracks today. It’s a cover of the Bob Dylan song “I Was Young When I Left Home”, with Bryce Dessner of 'The National'. Antony manages to tell the story so beautifully & slowly, it feels like you’re immersed in a Daniel Day Lewis performance. To this day, I'm utterly hooked on every word of the story, and the way it’s told by Antony is second to none.
Do enjoy x