• looks like mona lisa in pictures... unsettling almost
    • look, I'm not the only one to think so! "Hegarty sips his drink on his side of the candles. He's sometimes described as if he's freakishly large, a Hagrid-style man-mountain, which he isn't – he's just solidly built and tall (6ft 4in). There's a delicacy, indeed femininity, about the way his dark hair hangs around his pale, intense face; in repose there are times when he resembles Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'."
  • "It's like seeing a Viking"
  • "like an indistinct, sleepy shadow that had taken on substance, scarily large but disarmingly gentle"
  • "In Norway, everyone was on the same page as me about the environment; when I talked to people they asked such clear, clean, beautiful questions. Then in Switzerland, I'd get these twisted Jungian queries about identity. A journalist asked me, 'Why should we trust you? You put yourself out there as so vulnerable, you want us to take care of you.' I thought that was very Swiss: so suspicious and paranoid"
  • "there have been many attempts to categorise his sound, ranging from 'chamber pop' to 'ethereal torch singing'. One of his early mentors, Lou Reed (hardly the gushing type) said: 'When I heard Antony, I knew that I was in the presence of an angel.'"
  • "He will speak eloquently and delicately, answering each question with a genuine desire to be thorough and interesting. But he will also be wildly abstract and constantly oblique. When he speaks of possibly being reincarnated as a tree, I will agree affably and say “I understand” when in reality, I do not."
  • "no other artist’s musicianship and presentation are quite as melodramatic. Even in conversation, his choice of words is always extreme: “tragic”, “beautiful”, “shocking”, “death”, “love”. But melodrama is where Antony thrives"
  • “It’s a narrative about a person who has seizures,” he explains when I ask what could have possibly inspired “Epilepsy Is Dancing.” The video interprets this narrative extremely literally. “I haven’t written many narrative songs, but this is a sort of story about that person. And she had this kind of wild experience where everything gets shiny and dancing — a vision almost — and when she comes to, she’s frightened and has a sense of brokenness as well. The song is about how she was engulfed in chaos but then stepping back from it, she starts to see the pattern, starts to see the choreography of it, which is why I set the song to a waltz.”
  • "When he sang a love song of his own creation, a masochistic anthem called "Cripple and the Starfish", the effect reminded me of the last line of Frank O'Hara's poem about Billie Holiday-- "everyone and I stopped breathing", if only to make sure we didn't interrupt something very pure and strange, aggressively delicate in a way that silenced you so you could hear it. It was lonely and brave."
  • "in person he's approachable, funny, and sharp, and not the quivering velvet-cloaked melancholiac you might imagine given the tremendous emotional depth of his singing"
dec 9 2011 ∞
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