The Anchoress is the moniker of Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies.
Her debut album, ‘Confessions of A Romance Novelist’, was released to widespread critical acclaim and 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 Welsh Music Prize.
MOJO described Davies as being in possession of “a devastatingly powerful voice”. The Observer called it “a blackly witty break up album…compelling”, while PROG magazine described the record as “Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love updated for the 21st century”. The genre-hopping, expansive production of Confessions of a Romance Novelist draws on influences as far and wide as Prince, Tori Amos, Roxy Music, The Carpenters, and David Bowie. On the album, Catherine plays a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, flute, omnichord, mellotron, wurlitzer, glockenspiel, and celeste, as well as sampling church bells, and an orchestra of typewriters.
Music video by The Anchoress performing ‘What Goes Around’.
The Anchoress has also recently supported and duetted with fellow Welshmen, the Manic Street Preachers and recently supported Simple Minds on the UK leg of their Acoustic Tour (May/June 2017).
Recently, The Anchoress was also invited to perform a special guest tribute to David Bowie as part of Simple Minds’ Radio 2 In Concert. She’s also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, and been interviewed by MOJO and The Guardian.
From the critically acclaimed album ‘Confessions of a Romance Novelist’ come’s ‘Doesn’t Kill You’.
The singles have received heavy rotation from BBC 6Music and been playlisted on Radio X. It lit up the web, going to number 2 on the HypeMachine and number 11 on the AppleMusic video chart, as well as being interviewed by The Quietus, Noisey & the Line of Best Fit.
Here is just a few of many praises The Anchoress has received for her latest album!
“… a devastatingly powerful voice.” – MOJO
“One of 2016’s most affecting records… a collection of songs that sets a high bar for intense, soul-tearing pop music. 9/10.”- THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“…Hounds Of Love, updated for the 21st century.”- PROG
Let’s see what The Anchoress has to say about Vocalzone!
“I have used and enthused about Vocalzone as an essential part of my touring and studio toolkit for the past five years.”