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The Anchoress

The Art Of Losing

    'The Art of Losing' is the second album from Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies), following up on her critically acclaimed debut album, 'Confessions of A Romance Novelist', which was named amongst the Guardian critics' Albums of the Year, won HMV's Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. Written and produced by Davies, the new album features guest performances from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and drums from Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran) along with the mixing talents of Dave Eringa (Manics, Wilko Johnson) and grammy-award winner Mario McNulty (David Bowie, Prince, Laurie Anderson).

    'The Art Of Losing' ambitiously navigates the topic of loss in all its forms and was written and recorded during an unfeasibly busy few years as Davies found solace and purpose in a range of projects whilst navigating her griefs. Most recently this came via the release of her collaborative album 'In Memory of My Feelings' with Bernard Butler (on Pete Paphides' label Needle Mythology), duetting with the Manic Street Preachers on 'Resistance Is Futile', and being personally invited by The Cure's Robert Smith to perform at his Meltdown Festival. She also brought a new generation of ears to legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds, where she spent much of the last five years appearing on the 'Big Music' (2015) and 'Walk Between Worlds' (2018) albums. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: 'The Art Of Losing' shows a superb grasp of melody and drive while still retaining the more nuanced songwriting and groove, reminiscent of recent shop hitters, The International Teachers of Pop or the superb new Róisín Murphy LP. Davies maintains the quality of her previous outing, pushing things a little further and that little bit more danceable. Superb.

    TRACK LISTING

    CD
    1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
    2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
    3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
    4. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
    5. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
    6. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
    7. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
    8. Unravel ( 04:05 )
    9. Paris ( 02:01 )
    10. 5AM ( 04:02 )
    11. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
    12. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
    13. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
    14. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )


    LP X 2
    1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
    2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
    3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
    1. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
    2. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
    3. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
    4. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
    1. Unravel ( 04:05 )
    2. Paris ( 02:01 )
    3. 5AM ( 04:02 )
    4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
    1. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
    2. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
    3. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )

    LP X 2 + 7"
    1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
    2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
    3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
    1. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
    2. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
    3. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
    4. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
    1. Unravel ( 04:05 )
    2. Paris ( 02:01 )
    3. 5AM ( 04:02 )
    4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
    1. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
    2. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
    3. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )
    1. Unravel ( 7" Mix ) ( 03:34 )
    1. Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky ( 03:09 )


    3 CD Set
    1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
    2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
    3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
    4. Show Your Face
    5. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
    6. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
    7. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
    8. Unravel ( 04:05 )
    9. Paris ( 02:01 )
    10. 5AM ( 04:02 )
    11. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
    12. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
    13. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
    14. Moon ( An End )
    1. Show Your Face ( Original Keys Demo ) ( 04:24 )
    2. The Art Of Losing ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:06 )
    3. Unravel ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:04 )
    4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( Original Demo Version ) ( 04:01 )
    5. Show Your Face ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:24 )
    6. With The Boys ( Original Demo Version ) ( 05:34 )
    7. All Shall Be Well ( Instrumental Version ) ( 01:41 )
    8. Paris ( Instrumental Version ) ( 01:56 )
    9. Unravel ( Original String Demo ) ( 03:28 )
    10. The Exchange (Dictaphone Writing Demo)
    11. Let It Hurt ( Dictaphone Writing Demo ) ( 01:57 )
    1. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield (Hinako Omori Remix)
    2. Unravel ( Cross Bone T Remix ) ( 04:32 )
    3. Show Your Face ( Worriedaboutsatan Remix ) ( 04:59 )
    4. The Art Of Losing ( Jermaine Soul Remix ) ( 04:33 )
    5. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield (Jermaine Soul Remix)

    The Anchoress

    Confessions Of A Romance Novelist - Deluxe Edition

    Garnering comparisons to John Grant and Lana Del Rey, The Anchoress's concept driven compositions have been the talk of the music press in 2016. PROG magazine - who've nominated her for best-newcomer at their awards - went as far as proclaiming her debut album as "...Kate Bush's 'Hounds Of Love' updated for the 21st century."

    Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, PhD & producer Catherine Anne Davies (who also plays in the live line-up of Simple Minds) sums up her album's overall concept as, "Partly a concept album narrated by the titular potboiler author, partly a series of imaginary character pieces, and partly a deeply personal outpouring from someone who's been through a fair amount of personal hell."

    Whichever way you choose to describe The Anchoress' compelling debut 'Confessions Of A Romance Novelist '(co-produced by Mansun's frontman Paul Draper) one thing's for certain, this is something truly different.

    TRACK LISTING

    Long Year
    What Goes Around
    Doesn't Kill You
    You And Only You (feat Paul Draper)
    One For Sorrow
    P.S. Fuck You
    Popular
    Bury Me
    Intermission (Notes To The Editor)
    Waiting To Breathe
    Chip On Your Shoulder
    Confessions Of A Romance Novelist
    You And Only You (Acoustic Version)
    Bury Me (Acoustic Version)
    Long Year (Acoustic Version)
    Popular (Acoustic Version)
    What Goes Around (Acoustic Version)*

    *CD Only Track


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