DANIEL CAVANAGH ANNOUNCES SOLO CD
Songwriter teams up with Anneke van Giersbergen and Anna Phoebe for debut.
Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh releases Monochrome, his first solo album of original material on October 13 via Kscope – and he’s already certain there will be a follow-up.
He described the vibe of the deeply personal work as “a late-night, candlelit feeling”. Much of the material has been in existence for some time, and had been considered for use with his main band.
Cavanagh tells Prog,“I kind of give Vinnie Cavanagh and John Douglas first refusal. Making an Anathema record is brutal in terms of leaving songs out – a ‘kill your darlings’ kind of thing. There’s always stuff left over. I thought, ‘They’re not doing anything. Maybe I can make them work.’”
He insists the nocturnal feeling is “all real” and he’s only half-joking when he claims, “Daylight is boring! I tend to come alive at night. I love the city at night. I walk, I think, I spend hours going, ‘This is how I feel.’”
Prime examples are opening track The Exorcist and nine-minute epic The Silent Flight Of The Raven Winged Hours, both favourites of his. “The long suite in the middle of the record, I couldn’t see the band doing that, because there’s so much more for them to focus on. It wouldn’t get through the Anathema process. The Exorcist is the big one – the whole album is pinned around it. It’s been around since the year 2000 and the subject matter is important to me.”
While he recorded most of the instruments himself, Monochrome includes contributions from vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen and violinist Anna Phoebe.
“Both are brilliant at what they do,” he says. “Anna joined us for the DVD we made in Liverpool [2015’s A Sort Of Homecoming]. I got on well with her. She doesn’t even need to hear the material – she can just improvise on the spot. It’s the same with Anneke. I knew she’d be able to add something, and she did, adding harmonies that I didn’t have to write. And having that female energy, and the wonderful tones they have on their instruments, was great.”
Anathema are riding high with the success of latest album The Optimist, but Cavanagh hopes there’ll be time to tour Monochrome in solo, duo or band format. And there will definitely be more solo releases. “I’ll just see how this album and the next album land,” he says. “There will always be another one… I think I’ve just got to keep going now.” MK
Anathama are on tour later this month. For dates see www.anathemamusic.com.
“Daylight is boring! I tend to come alive
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