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The Anchoress Shares New Single You And Only You Featuring Paul Draper

Thursday, 12 November 2015 Written by Laura Johnson

The Anchoress, aka Catherine Anne Davies, has shared her new single, You And Only You, featuring Mansun's Paul Draper.

The song is lifted from Davies' debut album, 'Confessions of A Romance Novelist', which is set for release January 15, 2016 via Kscope. Discussing the track, which you can listen to below, Davies said:

"This is the only song on the album that I wrote entirely on the guitar, when my hand was too badly mangled to play the piano (studio related injury...) and I had to wear a metal cast for months even to turn door handles. The song went through three different incarnations before it decided it wanted to be a duet (with co-producer Paul Draper on joint wailing duties here). We ended up recording this final version in my snatched sleepless so-called “days off” from the UK leg of the Simple Minds tour, replaying the guitar over the original drum, bass, and organ takes from the first studio sessions.

Originally it was something I’d written for my best friend, who had just come out of her first long term relationship after enduring horrific brain surgery from a burst aneurysm. Lyrically, I guess it continues with the album’s dominant themes of deconstructing normative ideas of love and romance. No “baby, baby”’s here. This woman just basically wants you to leave her the fuck alone.

There’s another duet version with a full string section that we recorded just before the one that you hear on the album. I said to Paul that we had to scrap it due him sounding too much like Barry Gibb on the middle 8... Christ knows what I’m saying in French at the end. I don’t actually remember recording that due to an overabundance of Tramadol."

The Anchoress is currently on tour with Simple Minds and has started work on her second album with Bernard Butler.

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