Riding the waves of his success with Anathema's latest album The Optimist, which includes a worldwide headline tour, multiple summer music festivals and an Album of the Year nomination for the 2017 Progressive Music Awards, the band's driving force, Daniel Cavanagh releases his new solo album, Monochrome. It's a deeply reflective and personal offering, inspired by internal feelings of love and loss, Cavanagh explains, "The album has a late night, candlelit feeling, evoking the light of dusk as the summer sun sinks below the horizon, setting the scene for thoughts and meditations that many people will relate to."
"A lot of this material could easily have made it on to the last Anathema album or any future album; that's how highly the band rate it," he adds. "There are several highlights: ‘The Exorcist' and ‘The Silent Flight of the Raven Winged Hours' are among some of my best works of the last decade. Taking them from the band was not an easy decision but I am glad; they're so personal as to not need more input. The Exorcist was considered so good by Anathema that the rest of the band would have made this the centrepiece of an Anathema album, taking it from the band was not an easy decision but I am glad I did!"
Monochrome, whilst written and performed by the multi-instrumentalist, does feature guest performers – Anneke Van Giersbergen – ex-vocalist for The Gathering, who has since sung with Devin Townsend, Árstíðir, Anathema and Arjen Lucassen appears on 3 songs – "This Music," "Soho" and "Oceans Of Time." The album also sees the exceptionally talented Anna Phoebe providing violin on "Soho," the Poe inspired "The Silent Flight Of The Raven Winged Hours" and "Dawn." Recorded at Parr Street Studios, engineered by Andrea Wright, mastered by Anathema's Daniel Cardoso, and with artwork by illustrator Danny Branscombe.