the anchoress

The Anchoress live at the BBC

Watch my BBC performance of the David Bowie classic 'Andy Warhol' with Simple Minds which I performed as part of the BBC special last week. Thanks so much to Jim and Charlie for inviting me to be part of their special night. You can watch the whole performance here.

 

The Anchoress featured by MOJO for #RSD16

‘Popular’ is one of MOJO’s must-have picks for Record Store Day UK:  “A highlight of the Welsh singer-songwriter’s debut album… taps directly and defiantly into the emotional scrutiny that teenagers – particularly girls – subject themselves and each another to. Comes with a string quartet version of What Goes Around on the flip. With her prog flourishes and red velvet voice was ever an artist better served by a plush collectible vinyl 7-inch?”  http://www.mojo4music.com/23617/record-store-day-2016-mojos-15-must-have-picks/

‘Popular’ is one of MOJO’s must-have picks for Record Store Day UK:
“A highlight of the Welsh singer-songwriter’s debut album… taps directly and defiantly into the emotional scrutiny that teenagers – particularly girls – subject themselves and each another to. Comes with a string quartet version of What Goes Around on the flip. With her prog flourishes and red velvet voice was ever an artist better served by a plush collectible vinyl 7-inch?”
http://www.mojo4music.com/23617/record-store-day-2016-mojos-15-must-have-picks/

Record Store Day 7inch Confirmed

★★★★  MOJO  “…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG  “Fascinating.” THE SUNDAY TIMES  “Compelling.” THE OBSERVER   THE ANCHORESS to release limited edition 7” for Record Store Day    On April 16th 2016, The Anchoress will release a special limited edition 7” to mark the 9th annual Record Store Day.   Following the critically-acclaimed release of her debut album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, The Anchoress (aka Catherine AD) offers up a special limited 7 inch vinyl release for Record Store Day via Kscope, featuring the angular prog-pop ‘Popular’ (which reached no.2 in the Hype Machine) backed with a special previously unreleased string quartet version of the XFM playlisted and Steve Lamacq championed single ‘What Goes Around’. There will be just 1000 copies of this release on black vinyl.   On Facebook , Catherine said: “ I am very proud to be a small part of supporting the lifeblood of our music stores and independent labels. ”   The Anchoress was lauded earlier this year by the broadsheet press for her “compelling” (The Observer) and “fascinating” (Sunday Times) debut album, which she co-produced with Mansun’s Paul Draper, gracing the cover of the Guardian reviews section, as well as receiving coverage online from The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, Q, Gigwise, NPR and more. Garnering comparisons to John Grant, Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush, Catherine’s previous singles have received heavy rotation of BBC 6Music and Radio X, as well as recently recording a special BBC Maida Vale session.   Catherine spent much of 2015 touring the arenas of Europe and the UK playing with Simple Minds to over 500,000 people, plus millions of Americans when she performed at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas. She will shortly announce her first live dates as The Anchoress, which has been a studio project up to now, as well as some special festival appearances.   Here’s what the press have been saying about The Anchoress’ debut album, which you can stream online now:  http://smarturl.it/COARN_STREAM    “…a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record.” GQ  “…hyper-literary but radio-friendly. Could sneak big ideas past the listeners of daytime radio.” Q  “…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG 	  “…lit-infused, atmospheric pop record (with just the right amount of percentage of rock angles)… think Shirley Manson meets Stefani meets Tori.” NOISEY  “…literate and emotive. Karen Carpenter singing John Grant.” UNCUT  ★★★★  MOJO  “…addresses the peaks and troughs of love, commitment and betrayal…Fascinating.” SUNDAY TIMES  “…a rich and complex debut…a blackly witty breakup album…Compelling.” THE OBSERVER  “…insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT  “…delightfully theatrical and sharp as a bloody blade. Wales’ much more explicitly feminist answer to Lana Del Rey.”  NPR  “…literate, ambitious and engrossing .” CLASH  “…equal parts prog and pop, oddball & accessible.” NME  “…a dark, intricate and intelligent debut… an album of distinctive sound and ambitious ideals.”  LOUDER THAN WAR  “…as comfortable at CBGB’s as in Broadway theatres.” LES INROCKUPTIBLES  “It is hard to believe there will be many more interesting, or better, debut albums in 2016.” MUSIC OMH

★★★★  MOJO

“…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG

“Fascinating.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Compelling.” THE OBSERVER

THE ANCHORESS to release limited edition 7” for Record Store Day

On April 16th 2016, The Anchoress will release a special limited edition 7” to mark the 9th annual Record Store Day.

Following the critically-acclaimed release of her debut album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, The Anchoress (aka Catherine AD) offers up a special limited 7 inch vinyl release for Record Store Day via Kscope, featuring the angular prog-pop ‘Popular’ (which reached no.2 in the Hype Machine) backed with a special previously unreleased string quartet version of the XFM playlisted and Steve Lamacq championed single ‘What Goes Around’. There will be just 1000 copies of this release on black vinyl.

On Facebook, Catherine said: “I am very proud to be a small part of supporting the lifeblood of our music stores and independent labels.

The Anchoress was lauded earlier this year by the broadsheet press for her “compelling” (The Observer) and “fascinating” (Sunday Times) debut album, which she co-produced with Mansun’s Paul Draper, gracing the cover of the Guardian reviews section, as well as receiving coverage online from The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, Q, Gigwise, NPR and more. Garnering comparisons to John Grant, Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush, Catherine’s previous singles have received heavy rotation of BBC 6Music and Radio X, as well as recently recording a special BBC Maida Vale session.

Catherine spent much of 2015 touring the arenas of Europe and the UK playing with Simple Minds to over 500,000 people, plus millions of Americans when she performed at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas. She will shortly announce her first live dates as The Anchoress, which has been a studio project up to now, as well as some special festival appearances.

Here’s what the press have been saying about The Anchoress’ debut album, which you can stream online now: http://smarturl.it/COARN_STREAM

“…a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record.” GQ

“…hyper-literary but radio-friendly. Could sneak big ideas past the listeners of daytime radio.” Q

“…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG

“…lit-infused, atmospheric pop record (with just the right amount of percentage of rock angles)… think Shirley Manson meets Stefani meets Tori.” NOISEY

“…literate and emotive. Karen Carpenter singing John Grant.” UNCUT

★★★★  MOJO

“…addresses the peaks and troughs of love, commitment and betrayal…Fascinating.” SUNDAY TIMES

“…a rich and complex debut…a blackly witty breakup album…Compelling.” THE OBSERVER

“…insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“…delightfully theatrical and sharp as a bloody blade. Wales’ much more explicitly feminist answer to Lana Del Rey.”  NPR

“…literate, ambitious and engrossing .” CLASH

“…equal parts prog and pop, oddball & accessible.” NME

“…a dark, intricate and intelligent debut… an album of distinctive sound and ambitious ideals.”
LOUDER THAN WAR

“…as comfortable at CBGB’s as in Broadway theatres.” LES INROCKUPTIBLES

“It is hard to believe there will be many more interesting, or better, debut albums in 2016.” MUSIC OMH

The Anchoress in The Sunday Times

Lovely review of the album from the hard-to-please Dan Cairns in today’s
  Sunday Times . It’s in part thanks to this writer that I started
 making music at all after he raved about Jennifer Terran’s album The 
Musician, which made me decide that I should teach myself to play the 
piano. Album is out on Friday. X

Lovely review of the album from the hard-to-please Dan Cairns in today’s Sunday Times. It’s in part thanks to this writer that I started making music at all after he raved about Jennifer Terran’s album The Musician, which made me decide that I should teach myself to play the piano. Album is out on Friday. X

The Firsties and Faves of Rising English Singer The Anchoress | NOISEY

To mark today’s album release, I spoke to Noisey about punching school bullies, hot chocolate that’s better than crack, fancying Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, and what’s actually better than sex..

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/firsties-and-faves-singer-the-anchoress

After its premiere today on Digital Spy, you can now watch the brand new video for ‘You and Only You’ on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/FRMHzPXvZls

Keep your eyes peeled later this week for the Philip Reach version of the track and its special dance video…

In case you missed any of it, here’s a roundup of some of the online coverage so far for my new sngle, which features guest vocals from Paul Draper. The song has also been picking up lots of radio play from 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, with Radio X premiering the Cenzo Townshend alternative string mix as their ‘Shock of the New’ last week, Q magazine premiere and Steve Lamacq bagging the first radio play and then hammering it all week on 6Music!  Q MAGAZINE PREMIER -  http://www.qthemusic.com/12934/premiere-the-anchoress-you-and-only-you-ft-paul-draper/   CLASH -  http://www.clashmusic.com/features/their-library-the-anchoress   GIGWISE -  http://www.gigwise.com/features/104129/anchoress-picks-her-best-manic-street-preachers-songs   DROWNED IN SOUND -  http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4149583-planet-gear–the-anchoress-amp-mansuns-paul-draper    XS NOIZE INTERVIEW -  http://www.xsnoize.com/a-conversation-with-the-anchoress-paul-draper/   LOUDER THAN WAR INTERVIEW PT 1 -  http://louderthanwar.com/interview-the-anchoress-and-paul-draper-mansun/   TLOBF -  http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/the-anchoress-reveals-paul-draper-collaboration-you-and-only-you   BEAT MAGAZINE -   http://www.thebeatjuice.com/trax/2015/11/26/13939/the-anchoress-shares-music-for-misfits-playlist/         VON PIP TRACK OF THE DAY: http://www.thevpme.com/2015/11/18/track-of-the-day-the-anchoress-ft-paul-draper-you-and-only-you/   AMASS (JAPAN)  http://amass.jp/65045/   GIGSLUTZ TRACK OF THE DAY -  http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/this-feeling-track-of-the-day-15-11-15-the-anchoress-feat-paul-draper-you-and-only-you/   STEREO ON BOARD -  http://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/194875/9

In case you missed any of it, here’s a roundup of some of the online coverage so far for my new sngle, which features guest vocals from Paul Draper. The song has also been picking up lots of radio play from 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, with Radio X premiering the Cenzo Townshend alternative string mix as their ‘Shock of the New’ last week, Q magazine premiere and Steve Lamacq bagging the first radio play and then hammering it all week on 6Music!

Q MAGAZINE PREMIER - http://www.qthemusic.com/12934/premiere-the-anchoress-you-and-only-you-ft-paul-draper/

CLASH - http://www.clashmusic.com/features/their-library-the-anchoress

GIGWISE - http://www.gigwise.com/features/104129/anchoress-picks-her-best-manic-street-preachers-songs

DROWNED IN SOUND - http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4149583-planet-gear–the-anchoress-amp-mansuns-paul-draper

XS NOIZE INTERVIEW - http://www.xsnoize.com/a-conversation-with-the-anchoress-paul-draper/

LOUDER THAN WAR INTERVIEW PT 1 - http://louderthanwar.com/interview-the-anchoress-and-paul-draper-mansun/

TLOBF - http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/the-anchoress-reveals-paul-draper-collaboration-you-and-only-you

BEAT MAGAZINE -  http://www.thebeatjuice.com/trax/2015/11/26/13939/the-anchoress-shares-music-for-misfits-playlist/

VON PIP TRACK OF THE DAY: http://www.thevpme.com/2015/11/18/track-of-the-day-the-anchoress-ft-paul-draper-you-and-only-you/

AMASS (JAPAN) http://amass.jp/65045/

GIGSLUTZ TRACK OF THE DAY - http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/this-feeling-track-of-the-day-15-11-15-the-anchoress-feat-paul-draper-you-and-only-you/

STEREO ON BOARD - http://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/194875/9

The Quietus  and The Line Of Best Fit announce the release of the album via Kscope with The Quietus premiering the first taster track, ‘Popular’.    The track is available now when you  preorder  Confessions Of A Romance Novelist  from iTunes .

The Quietus and The Line Of Best Fit announce the release of the album via Kscope with The Quietus premiering the first taster track, ‘Popular’.

The track is available now when you preorder Confessions Of A Romance Novelist from iTunes.

“ 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.

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