Dreaming Light is the second single to be lifted from 'We're Here Because We're Here'. Awarded Classic Rock's 'Prog Album of the Year' in 2010, as well as a host of other accolades, the album was the band's first collection of new material band since the 2003 album, A Natural Disaster.
A multi-coloured, multi-layered work of unbridled emotion, passion, and intensity, the new album was embraced by their legions of fans and the worldwide press. We're Here Because We're Here was mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), who described it as "definitely among the best albums I've ever had the pleasure to work on."
'We're Here Because We're Here is the finest they have unleashed so far... a stunningly enjoyable album.'
ALBUM OF THE YEAR CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS PROG
'A flawless album of simple but mesmerising songs.'
PROG ALBUM OF THE YEAR CLASSIC ROCK
'A dazzling collection of highly-charged, progressive and emotively atmospheric rock songs that rarely dip below the euphoric.'
'Scouse progsters make a spectacular return... makes a seven year wait feel entirely worth it'
'the mighty Anathema, are back after a seven year recording hiatus with their latest record, the beautiful We're Here Because We're Here, and it's one of the most ethereal pieces of music the band have produced... a welcome return indeed'
★★★★★ BIG CHEESE
'Anathema are a hidden jewel in the UK's prog crown. Their finest album to date... it's an uplifting and sonically sumptuous rock record that could hardly be more appropriate for these prog-loving times' 'Getting mixed by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson is a fitting honour for such a splendidly built record' #15 ALBUM OF THE YEAR POLL 9/10 METAL HAMMER
'Everything modern-day Anathema fans will want and embrace: beautifully crafted, emotionally-charged and modern melodic rock of the highest order' 9/10
'We're Here Because We're Here is a glittering masterclass in atmospheric rock'
'the results are nothing short of breathtaking'
For more info, downloads and audio samples from We're Here Because We're Here, go to: kscopemusic.com/anathema
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Promo video for Untouchable (part one), the opening track from Anathema's album 'Weather Systems'. The video which reflects the themes created in the album was editted by Lasse Hoile, the acclaimed director and filmmaker, best known for his work with Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree.
In September Anathema embark on an extensive European tour. Starting with a special gig with an orchestra in a Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria the tour will then visit Romania, Finland, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Following these headline shows the band will be joining Opeth throughout November as guests for a string of shows in UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. Full dates and details are available on the band's website anathema.ws
It has just been announced that support for some of the dates will come from Astra. More news on other support artistes to be announced soon.
The bar for Weather Systems has been set pretty high with 2010's 'Were Here Because We're Here', but Daniel Cavanagh from the band is certain that the album will exceed these lofty expectations, ‘it feels like we are at a creative peak right now, and this album reflects that. Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step up from our last album.’ He continues, ‘This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul.’
The intertwining melodic structures, the profoundly beautiful and intensely powerful - yet simple - songs will transport the listener closer to the heart of life, that is to say, to the heart of themselves. It is also an album of polarity. The play of opposites; light and shade, birth and death, love and fear. The simple truths of life and loss, hope and strength and darker internal themes are all explored here.
The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced and mixed by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-André Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods...), who Daniel has described as ‘a revelation. His calmness and brilliance has helped to bring about the greatest inter-band chemistry that Anathema have experienced together in their career.’
This career stretches back to 1990 when the band formed in Liverpool. Since then the band have embarked on a remarkable musical journey, initially emerging as pioneers of melodic heavy music and continually evolving over the ensuing years, always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music.
Anathema are a collective of two families; brothers and childhood friends. This album will please fans who call for more of Lee Douglas’s vocals, as her role within Anathema’s brand of alternative, melodic rock has matured to become an integral energy. In this way and more, Weather Systems is the sound of a band finding their voice and growing in stature, moving further along their artistic path with a truly stunning musical vision.
Their best ever work? ‘Not yet’ says Daniel, but he does believe that with Weather Systems they have surpassed previous glories; ‘we are pleased and proud of the record and we feel that, alongside the best moments of WHBWH, this record contains our very best work so far in what is becoming a long career.’
Praise for Weather Systems;
‘It is truly majestic, heavenly - Is it another masterpiece? Of course it is.’
TERRORIZER 5/5 (Album Of The Month)
‘Anathema continue to make music that glows with meaning and a love for art’s external powere to touch the soul. Still special, increasingly extraordinary; the band and this album will be cherished.’
CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS PROG
‘Anathema just might be England’s most consistently brilliant rock band of the last 15 years, with Weather Systems serving as yet more, unmitigated proof.’
"Absolute world class"
METAL HAMMER (DEU)
"...just one word: WOW!"
CLASSIC ROCK (DEU) 9/10
"...unbelievable, one highlight after another..."
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Promo video for 'Waving', the first single to be taken from Blackfield's 2011 studio album, Welcome to my DNA. Directed and animated by Neil Whitman. The video won the animation award at the Kent Film Festival in September 2012.
Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli artist Aviv Geffen. The duo are currently putting the finishing touches on their third album, which is due to be released in March on Kscope. Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that has already spawned two albums (2004’s Blackfield and 2007’s Blackfield II).
A full list of tour dates can be seen at the Welcome to my DNA mini-site at kscopemusic.com/blackfield
These will be the first dates they have played together as Blackfield for over three years, due to both artists’ recent hectic schedules.
(press for Blackfield)
'an album you can listen to again and again... an utterly compelling and enthralling listen' Classic Rock
'a lush but soulful mix of separate cultures, deep sounds and touching lyrics' Clash
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Grappling Hooks, the debut album from North Atlantic Oscillation, was released earlier this year on Kscope. The record immediately received rave reviews across the board, including being named Zane Lowe’s record of the week, and their first UK headline tour confirmed their status as one of the most exciting new bands to emerge in 2010.
The band return in June with Ceiling Poem, the second single to be lifted from the album. The track was described as ‘a gentle dreambeat that explodes into a technicolour psych-out’ by Classic Rock and by The Quietus as ‘inverted, unexpectedly Byrds-inflected folktronica’.
Promo animated and directed by Stephen Ong
They will also be embarking on a short tour of festival appearances this summer.
For more information, audio samples, videos, downloads and more, go to the mini-site at kscopemusic.com/nao
The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind.
Grappling Hooks is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies. Preceded by single Drawing Maps from Memory, out on March 8th, the album proves that the praise that was heaped upon Callsigns EP was entirely justified.
It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready?
“Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro
“Delightfully shiny tunes” Music Week
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Kscope is pleased to announce the release of 'Not The Weapon But The Hand', the debut album from Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri.
Hogarth is best known as the frontman of Marillion, the progressive rock legends that he joined in 1989, following spells in The Europeans and How We Live. In addition to the 12 studio albums Marillion have released in this time, he has also recorded and toured as a solo artist, under the moniker H.
In recent years Richard Barbieri has been a core member of Porcupine Tree playing keyboards on all the band’s albums since 1993 as well as releasing two solo albums, Things Buried and Stranger Inside. Prior to this, it was in the new-wave pioneers Japan that he originally came to prominence, helping to create the groundbreaking synthesiser sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The human league, duran duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk, Kate bush and a whole raft of other artists, including hogarth.
A few years ago, Porcupine Tree played some shows with Marillion and Steve invited Richard to be part of The h band on his Ice Cream Genius album. This association developed into what hogarth describes as "an easy working relationship which rapidly became an understanding beyond music."
It wasn’t surprising then that the duo decided to collaborate on a joint project, a venture they have been working on for the past few years, the results of which can be heard on Not The Weapon But The Hand. "It also goes beyond what you might expect from the two of us... The album consists of music which is at times moving, complex, multi-layered (both instrumentally and vocally) spooky, goofy and of course, very personal to me."
Not The Weapon But The Hand was completed in late 2011 and features occasional appearances from Danny Thompson on double bass, Arran Ahmun (John Martyn) and Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree) on drums and guitar and string arrangement contributions from Dave Gregory (XTC).
Release date: 27th February 2012
To order the album, visit the Kscope store at: burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/3511/
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