The Anchoress is set to return with her new album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist early next year (15 January) – but Q has the premiere of her brand new single now.
Catherine Anne Davies' new song, You And Only You, features former Mansun frontman Paul Draper who co-produced the singer-songwriters's new album.
"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 a studio related injury...," explains Davies. "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 Paul Draper. 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 eight... Christ knows what I’m saying in French at the end. I don’t actually remember recording that due to an overabundance of Tramadol."
Listen to the track now!