New Distant Satellites material unveiled by Anathema
British progressive rock band Anathema have been around for a long time – 24 years, to be precise – but it wasn’t until 2012′s Weather Systems that I think they could really be described as ‘transcendental.’ It made dozens of best-of lists that year – including my own – and rightly so; a deeply involving album, it’s rich and moving, and deals with saying goodbye to a loved one in a string of heartbreaking beats. Truly; check it out if you haven’t already.
It’s fantastic news, then, that we’re not far away from its follow-up Distant Satellites. To be Anathema’s tenth studio album, it promises more of this erudite, emotional songwriting in spades, and we’ve now got the chance to hear a particular slice of it called “The Lost Song, Part 3.” This is, surprise surprise, the third part of three songs, but this one falls fifth in the album, whereas parts 1 and 2 open the album consecutively. Anyway, have a listen:
Regarding the album, the band recently released the following statement:
“Distant Satellites is the culmination of everything Anathema have been working up to so far in our musical path. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of Anathema music that it is possible to have. There is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, and extra musical dimensions that the band have previously only hinted at. All built on the song writing chemistry of Daniel, John and Vincent – and the haunting voice of Lee Douglas.”
Based on all the evidence so far, I can’t think of a single good reason that this won’t be as epic as its predecessor. That being said, more of the same is hardly progressive, but we have faith that the Liverpudlians will have no trouble marking this album with its own unique stamp.
Distant Satellites is due out June 9th through Kscope Records. The band will be spending the late summer and autumn promoting the album with a fairly extensive European tour, which looks a little something like this: