Anathema Reveal Details Of New Studio Album & Drop First Track
Anathema are back with their eleventh full-length offering, The Optimist. Following on from their 2012 award-winning album Weather Systems and 2014's Distant Satellites. Due for a June 9 release via Kscope/Rocket, The Optimist will show fans some of the darker, most challenging, and most unexpected music the band have ever released.
Releasing their first track, 'Springfield', Daniel Cavanagh says “Here we present the song 'Springfield', it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will.”
The recording of their new album was begun in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan [Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals]. The band recorded the new release as a live band in order to capture the energy that you only really get from live performances.
The idea of The Optimist was born from the 2001's A Fine Day To Exit. Cavanagh explains "suppose you might say the album is semi-autobiographical because this time we used a surrogate,” he says, of the character that is The Optimist “We put sound, feelings and crucially, our own hopes and fears into another person and made him the subject of the songs then weaving my own internal monologue into the narrative of The Optimist. It was John’s idea to write a narrative, so I took A Fine Day To Exit as the starting point”. Vincent elaborates further on the earlier album’s artwork influence “The guy who disappeared – you never knew what happened to him, did he start a new life? Did he succumb to his fate? It was never explained. The opening track title is the exact coordinates for Silver Strand beach in San Diego – the last known location of The Optimist – shown on the cover of A Fine Day to Exit." The band continued the theme by bringing back designer/illustrator Travis Smith to create the artwork from a series of photographs taken on a West Coast road trip.
You can listen to 'Springfield' here
Pre-orders for the album are available now at www.nervegas.com.au/anathema
It will be released in the following formats:
Deluxe 12” hardbook featuring: 40 page artwork book, with artwork from Travis Smith. CD The Optimist 11 original album tracks CD featuring 6 bonus tracks – 3 demo versions and 3 live demo recordings from their November 2016 dates DVD-V The Optimist 11 original album tracks 24/96 LPCM Stereo & 24/96 DTS 5.1 surround mix Blu-Ray disc The Optimist 11 original album tracks 24/96 LPCM Stereo, 24/96 LPCM 5.1 lossless surround mix & 24/96 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless 5.1 surround mix 2 Disc CD & DVD Mediabook 24 page booklet CD The Optimist 11 original album tracks DVD-V The Optimist 11 original album tracks 24/96 LPCM Stereo & 24/96 DTS 5.1 surround mix Blu-Ray featuring The Optimist 11 original album tracks 24/96 LPCM Stereo, 24/96 LPCM 5.1 lossless surround mix & 24/96 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless 5.1 surround mix CD featuring: The Optimist 11 original album tracks Double gatefold 180g heavy weight LP featuring The Optimist 11 original album tracks (with MP3 download code) Limited Edition red vinyl LP version (with MP3 download code) available exclusively through the band’s webstore Digital download featuring: The Optimist 11 original album tracks with pre-orders receiving an instant download of “Springfield”
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