Introducing ANOTHER SKY
The band discusses inspiration, dreams and their forthcoming new EP in our latest Q&A.
Following the release of their debut EP, Forget Yourself, last year, Another Sky have returned with brand new offering, Apple Tree.
Thriving on vocalist Catrin Vincent’s powerhouse vocals and intensifying instrumentals, it’s a song that celebrates feminine men. The visual treatment comes in the form of a stop-motion video, directed by Dann Parry, and you can watch it below.
‘Apple Tree’ is the story of a boy I knew growing up who was bullied for talking to daffodils. I always admired him. The song celebrates feminine men, because I don’t believe being feminine is exclusive to being a woman. We spent some time last year on the Isle of Wight at Chale Abbey Studios. The song was written and recorded there.
With a February UK tour and a new EP coming out later in Spring, we decided to ask the band a few questions about their future plans.
Can you explain the themes and ideas behind your forthcoming new EP?
The phenomenon of watching the world stay the same but feeling yourself change. I mean, of course the world is changing, just slower than you are because the world’s lifespan is a different length to yours. It’s an illusion.
Did you encounter any challenges during the writing and recording process of the EP?
Usually we write through jams, but for one song this just wasn’t possible. We didn’t have a studio or rehearsal space at the time. We had to create ‘Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds’ in our bedrooms. Each of us slowly added to it until it became an embroidery production piece.
What’s your favourite lyric off the EP and why?
My favourite is ‘ascension, spiralling, coming back with new understanding’ in ‘I Don’t Hate You’. It’s based on a quote I saw on twitter by Audrey Kitching, ‘ascension is not a straight line, it is a spiral. This is why we continue to come back to the same situations and same realizations but each time with a deeper understanding’. It really struck me. I think the idea was derived from Buddhist teachings.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
We draw inspiration from experimentation. We’re most excited when we’re afraid of what we’re doing.
Catrin, from your perspective as a female vocalist, do you think/feel there are different expectations towards women in music industry?
I don’t think or feel, I know. We all know. There have been extensive studies and research done into this subject that explain it far more eloquently than I ever could in one interview answer. I recommend ‘Framing Femininity as Insanity’, ‘The Invisible Woman – A Conversation With Bjork (Pitchfork)’, ‘The Lost Women of Rock Music’ and ‘Hymn to Her: Women Musicians Talk’.
Name one thing you’re scared of.
Ceasing to surprise ourselves when writing music.
If your sound was a colour, what colour would it be and why?
The colour of spring because it’s Talk Talk’s third studio album.
Pick one song [but not one of yours] that could be the perfect soundtrack to your life right now.
We’ve been playing ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra in the tour van a lot.
What’s your ultimate dream?
And a cliché question, what does music mean to you?
A blank canvas.
The band embarked on UK tour last week and you can still catch them at the following dates.
07 – Dublin, Whelans
10 – Sheffield, Cafe Totem
11 – Manchester, YES
12 – Leicester, Soundhouse
13 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
15 – Nottingham, Rock City
19 – Oxford, Bullingdon
20 – Bristol, Crofters Rights
21 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
25 – Southampton, Heartbreakers
26 – Brighton, Komedia Studio Bar
27 – Cambridge, The Portland Arms
28 – London, Rich Mix