Antony and the Johnsons

Hope There's Someone

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Antony and the Johnsons add another EP to their growing chamber pop/cabaret canon with Hope There's Someone. Like its predecessor, the pre-I Am a Bird Now EP The Lake, there are two new tracks that hold their own against anything off of IAABN and the group's lush self-titled debut. Antony's lonely Jeff Buckley-meets-Boy George delivery and sparse instrumentation help keep "Frankenstein" and "Just One Star" at the emotionally naked level that fans have come to expect, while director Glen Fogel's achingly lush video for the winsome title track puts the object of "Hope There's Someone"'s desperation into equally raw -- yet visually arresting -- context.

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