We're seriously digging The Crying Light, the new LP from Antony and the Johnsons. It certainly improves on last year's Another World EP, and if given time, it may even top 2006's devastating classic I Am A Bird Now. The record is absolutely worth buying, if only for the haunting cover art above, which is a reprint of a 1977 Naoya Ikegami photo of dancer Kazuo Ohno (who happened to grace Another World's sleeve as well.) But here's another incentive to purchase the album: preorder the album now via the band's Web site and hear the album instantly, and receive a download of the bonus track "My Lord, My Love." And you get the automatic satisfaction of listening to one of the year's best albums so far. (Okay, so there's not much competition, but let's give a little love to someone other than AC.)
The Crying Light is out January 20 on Secetly Canadian.