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An expanded edition of The Art of Losing, the second album from the award-winning Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies).
Written and produced by Davies, the album features guest appearances from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran), along with the mixing talents of Dave Eringa (Manics, Wilko Johnson) and grammy-award winner Mario McNulty (David Bowie, Prince, Laurie Anderson).
CD in digipak with 5 bonus acoustic tracks, new cover artwork and a 24 page booklet.
THE SUNDAY TIMES ALBUMS of 2021
WELSH MUSIC PRIZE NOMINATED
PROG MAGAZINE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BBC 6 MUSIC ALBUM OF THE DAY
“One of my favourite records of the year.” - ELTON JOHN
“A brave and inspirational album. What a remarkable artist.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES
"Cuts latter-day Bowie art rock shapes.” - ★★★★ MOJO
"Skewers the messy, chaotic nature of grief. Intense.” - ★★★★ NME
"Serious, accomplished art rock.” - ★★★★ THE TIMES
“The Art of Losing has the critics bandying about words such as ‘masterpiece’ and it’s hard to argue with a record packing such an emotional punch.” - STUART MACONIE, BBC 6 MUSIC
In the wake of a phenomenal year of success for the Welsh producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies), her critically celebrated second album, The Art of Losing is now released as a special 19 track CD expanded edition, with 5 additional brand new acoustic tracks.
The Art of Losing has racked up a wave of critical acclaim and radio play, as well as landing a UK Top 40 album chart position, with Elton John calling it “one of my favourite records of the year”. It was crowned Album of the Year by Prog Magazine, and was also named as one of The Sunday Times’ seven “must-hear” Albums of 2021. The judges of the Welsh Music Prize recently joined the chorus of praise, shortlisting the self-produced album for the prestigious award.
The record features the BBC 6 Music playlisted singles ‘Show Your Face’ & ‘The Art of Losing’, as well as a showstopping duet ‘The Exchange’ with James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and drums from Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran).
The Art of Losing successfully transformed its wall-to-wall critical acclaim into a #1 spot on the iTunes album chart, and racked up “album of the week” plaudits everywhere from The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, Mail on Sunday, and The Telegraph, as well a coveted place in The Guardian and Mojo’s Albums of the Month.
Produced and written by Davies, The Art Of Losing ambitiously navigates the topic of loss in all its forms and was written and recorded during an unfeasibly busy few years as Davies found solace and purpose in a range of projects whilst navigating her griefs. Most recently this came via the 2020 release of her collaborative album In Memory of My Feelings with Bernard Butler, duetting with the Manic Street Preachers on Resistance Is Futile, and being personally invited by The Cure’s Robert Smith to perform at his Meltdown Festival. She also brought a new generation of ears to legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds, where she spent much of the last five years appearing on Big Music (2015) and Walk Between Worlds (2018).
1 Moon Rise (Prelude)
2 Let It Hurt
3 The Exchange (feat. James Dean Bradfield)
4 Show Your Face
5 The Art of Losing
6 All Farewells Should Be Sudden
7 All Shall Be Well
11 The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter
12 My Confessor
13 With The Boys
14 Moon (An End)
15 Show Your Face (Piano Version)
16 Let It Hurt (String Quartet Version)
17 All Farewells Should Be Sudden (Acoustic Version)
18 The Art of Losing (Acoustic Lounge Version)
19 The Exchange (Solo Piano Version)