Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh says the band let their music dictate its own direction on upcoming album Distant Satellites – and one of their only deliberate moves was to introduce more electronic sounds to their tracks.
Anathema let music take control
Daniel Cavanagh explains how they listened more than guided for upcoming album Distant Satellites
Their tenth studio record is due for release on June 9 via Kscope – view the video for The Lost Song Part 3 below, which will be released as a single on June 2.
Cavanagh says in a documentary clip, also below: "What we try to do is be intuitive about it all. If a melody comes down from wherever, we try to let the music guide us, rather than the other way round.
"Sometimes we'll have to take the music in a certain direction – but more often you're listening rather than guiding; you're listening to where the music wants to go."
He hails bandmates John Douglas and Vincent Cavanagh for their "penchant and talent for electronica," adding: "It's something they've done really well."
Douglas says of the follow-up to 2012's Weather Systems: "We haven't changed so much musically; it's a natural progression. We've involved a little more electronics – something we've been interested in for years."
Distant Satellites is available for pre-order in a range of formats, including three-disc deluxe version with a 44-page book.
Anathema play an acoustic set at the last-ever Celebr8 festival in London at the weekend, followed by a brief UK tour as part of a wider European trek:
Jun 12: Leamington Spa Assembly (acoustic)
Jun 13: Download festival
Jun 15: Gloucester Cathedral (acoustic)
Sep 18: Belfast Limelight
Sep 19: Dublin Button Factory