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As Antony Hegarty gets ready to turn on his Swanlights — the title of his upcoming fourth studio album and 144-page photo book/art repository/journal of the same name — and let it shine wherever he goes, the singer clears out his wardrobe for this EP of new, somewhat new and covered songs. Truth be told, Antony has turned out not to be the flamboyantly attired, shape-shifting personality implied by the caked-on make-up, avant-garde theatrics and gender-bending the world witnessed with his 2005 breakthrough I Am A Bird Now. His work since then has been surprisingly honest, if not exactly transparent; which is to say there was no hidden agenda to his last album, The Crying Light, a plea for ecological responsibility and a love letter to Mother Earth. Almost any other artist would have long ago been flagged for excessively earnest behavior, but Antony isn't just a singer — he's a vessel. And so he gets a pass here to cover not only John Lennon's "Imagine" (a subdued take on it, featuring carefully plucked acoustic guitar and experimental composer William Basinski) but also Bob Dylan's "Pressing On" (from 1980's Christian-themed gospel album Saved).
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