Myself and Paul Draper have gone full-on gear porn for Drowned in Sound, talking about how ‘You & Only You’ was put together. If you’ve ever wondered what really happens in the studio, read this: http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4149583-planet-gear–the-anchoress-and-mansuns-paul-draper
I also spoke to the lovely people at Gigwise about my favourite Manics songs and their influence on my own music: http://www.gigwise.com/features/104129/anchoress-picks-her-best-manic-street-preachers-songs
“ It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” - Andre Gide
“Popular” is one of my older songs that made it onto the album after Paul E Draper (my co-producer on the album) heard my original demo amidst a bunch of tracks I sent over to him for consideration. It came out of something my Mum used to say to me all the time during some particularly tough years at my first school. Kids seem to have some innate sixth sense for difference and decided I was “weird” from the outset. It ended up with me and the other autistic boy being taught separately in the art room…Tall, lanky, and good at maths. Never gonna be popular… We had a brilliant time producing this track as I hope you can hear from all the crazy voices and ad libs. It’s rare that something turns out exactly how you hear it in your head. I spent an additional week during mixing on piecing together and extending the end reprise section (yes, it’s supposed to sound like that…). P-Dub, who mixed the majority of the album, had the patience of a saint with me. “Just one more change… I promise..”
Fun fact: There are 9 instances of the word “bastard” in the song.
A bit like my life…
Confessions Of A Romace Novelist is released on January 8th 2016 via Kscope.
Had a little chat with Eddy Temple Morris on Friday night and played a little sneak preview of something new… I’m up two songs into the show. Listen back here- https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-remix-with-eddy-temple-morris/
The One For Sorrow EP will be released on November 3rd via Hiraeth/PIAS.The EP will be available as a 12” vinyl from all good record stores, digital download (with an iTunes exclusive remix from Ghosting Season), and a limited edition signed CD/romance novel edition, exclusively from Bandcamp, now available to preorder:
Ltd Signed CD/Book Bundle: PREORDER HERE
iTunes exclusive 5 track EP: BUY HERE
“A great, dark classic pop song” - STEVE LAMACQ, BBC 6MUSIC
“Imperious vocals… oddball & accessible.” - 20 tracks you have to hear this week, NME
“What happened to Mansun’s Paul Draper? Well, he’s producing The Anchoress and the results are quite something” - CLASH
‘What Goes Around’ is one hell of an introduction, mixing epic Broadway strings with military drums, a sprinkling of Disney pianos, menacing slithers of riffs, and lyrics that make you fear ever messing with womankind.“ - DROWNED IN SOUND
‘What Goes Around’ will be released on May 5th 2014 via TOO PURE