The Anchoress ‘Confessions of a Romance Novelist’ album release

By Kscope on August 1, 2016 in New Releases, The Anchoress, Vinyl


The Anchoress is to release ‘Confessions of a Romance Novelist’ on double heavyweight vinyl, plus an expanded 2 CD ‘Second Edition’ for release on 14th October. Plus new London live show confirmed for December. 

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

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

★★★★  MOJO

Prog-popster The Anchoress (aka Catherine AD) announces the release of her debut album on double vinyl, alongside an expanded 2nd edition 2CD gatefold digipack and a special one-off live show at London’s Kings Place on December 17th.

The re-issue and vinyl release follows a run of summer dates, including a sold-out headline show at London’s Bush Hall, festival sets at Latitude and WOMAD, headlining the BBC stage at Great Escape, and supporting (and duetting with) the Manic Street Preachers at the Eden Project. The Anchoress has also been on the campaign trail, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, been interviewed by MOJO and The Guardian, and now finds herself nominated in this year’s PROG Awards best newcomer category.

The album was originally released to critical acclaim in January 2016, and has been lovingly remastered for vinyl by Jon Astley (Tori Amos, The Who). This expanded, second edition of the album also includes 5 brand new acoustic versions of songs from the album, featuring string arrangements from Gillian Wood and guest vocals from Paul Draper.

Garnering comparisons to John Grant, Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush, Catherine’s previous singles have received heavy rotation from BBC 6Music and lit up the web, going to number 2 on the Hype Machine and number 11 on the Apple Music video chart. The Anchoress’ debut album has been lauded by the music press, racked as one of HMV’s “best albums of 2016” and has found fans in the likes of Peter Gabriel (who selected it for his album club), Manic Street Preachers, and more.

Catherine is currently working on her follow-up album, as well as a collaboration with Bernard Butler, and has co-written 7 tracks on label-mate Paul Draper’s forthcoming solo album.

17 December  LONDON, Kings Place – BUY TICKETS HERE

Praise for The Anchoress:

★★★★  MOJO
“…a rich and complex debut.  Compelling.” THE OBSERVER
“…a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record.” GQ
“…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
“…insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“A decent bet for the Mercury shortlist” DAILY STAR
“…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
“It is hard to believe there will be many more interesting, or better, debut albums in 2016.” MUSIC OMH

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