One of the most popular acts in progressive doom, Anathema, have revealed that they’ll be releasing their eleventh studio album. ‘The Optimist‘, on June 9th via Kscope. The band, led by brothers Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh, alongside drummer John Douglas, singer Lee Douglas, bassist Jamie Cavanagh and drummer/keyboardist Daniel Cardoso, began recording The Optimist in the winter of 2016. It was recorded at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan at the helm then mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
“Leaving It Behind”
“Can’t Let Go”
“Close Your Eyes”
“Back To The Start”
To introduce us to the upcoming 11-song offering, Anathema have shared the new song ‘Springfield‘ along with some commentary saying:
“Here we present the song “Springfield”, it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will.”