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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

at night.”


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