How can one man's tragic song sound so uplifting? Antony Hegarty, singer-songwriter and creative force behind Antony and the Johnsons, has made a career singing wistful songs. "Another World," the first single off his upcoming album, The Crying Light (due January 20), is no exception. (The song is also available on the band's SPIN-praised EP.) "I need another world, this one's nearly gone," Hegarty sings in a soft warble. The song's stark lyrics about our ailing planet, paired with its otherworldly production, might be emotionally overbearing if it weren't delivered in the singer's angelic voice, which brings a bright feeling to an otherwise stark song.Listen to the track below -- then tell us what you think. Listen: Antony and the Johnsons, "Another World"(DOWNLOAD MP3)
What? Following up their critically acclaimed 2006 debut Nine Times That Same Song, Gothenburg, Sweden's indie-pop group Love Is All have recorded another superb record, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night, out November 11. With a name like Love Is All you may expect the group to write about the trials and tribulations of romance -- if so, you'd be right. But setting themselves apart from other lovelorn bands is Love Is All's irresistible way of making heartbreak sound like a good time. Their sonically upbeat melancholy is evident from the bouncing verses of "Wishing Well," which has singer Josephine Olausson joyfully lamenting the hopes of improving a relationship, to the lovely he said, she said duet with guitarist Nicholaus Sparding on "A More Uncertain Future." Who?