This week Antony and the Johnson’s released a live album entitled “Cut the World”. It was recorded in Copenhagen with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and features arrangements by Nico Muhly, among others. The album features a couple new songs, a spoken word piece, and a selection of tracks from his previous 4 albums.
The opening, and title track, “Cut the World” has received a video treatment, or perhaps more appropriately, a super short film treatment. The video stars Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramovi, and was directed by Robert Wilson. I don’t want to spoil the film, so I will talk little of it, other than it is a powerful piece. The song and the arrangement showcase his distinct voice, and the added orchestral arrangement adds even more emotion if possible. The album is an interesting elaboration of his previous work that is a great accompaniment to his catalog.