Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Anchoress announces 'One For Sorrow' EP

The ‘One For Sorrow’ EP is the second release from The Anchoress – a new project from Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies, co-produced with Paul Draper (Mansun).

‘Long Year’ was mixed by Gareth Jones (Merchandise/Depeche Mode/Interpol) and will be released as part of the ‘One For Sorrow’ EP on 3rd November 2014 via Hiraeth/PIAS as a limited edition 12” vinyl and special edition CD with romance novel. The EP follows debut single ‘What Goes Around’ – which riffed on everything from Newtonian law to medieval philosophy, as you might expect from a musician with a PhD – and is the second taste of the forthcoming debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist (due for release in early 2015).

Paul Draper helped to capture the collection of songs on which Catherine played a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, flute, omnichord, mellotron, wurlitzer, glockenspiel, and celeste, as well as multi-tracking up to 25 vocal harmonies on some of the songs. Yet, recording was interrupted by a series of events that threatened to derail the project completely, including Catherine injuring her hand so badly during a 48-hour recording session that she was told she might not play again and had to wear a metal cast for 6 months. She says:

“This has been made on a wing and a prayer, lots of favours, one car crash, one death, one broken hand, and a lot of patience on so many parts. Stir in 3 jobs, 4 studios, 1 arrest, 3 pianos, 40 songs and 1 very patient engineer… and you get some way to understanding what a long road it has been….”

‘One For Sorrow’ EP tracklisting (artwork attached)

1. One For Sorrow

2. Once Upon A Lie

3. Long Year

4. One For Sorrow (Philip Reach Requiem Mix)