On the first day of 2021, Another Sky will release their latest body of work, an EP entitled Music For Winter Vol. I. Today, the band released the second single “Sun Seeker.” “Lyrically, ‘Sun Seeker’ is about being the only one who can say who you are,” vocalist and lyricist Catrin Vincent says. “It’s also about letting things self-destruct and then rebuilding. Someone once said they’d tell me when to quit music. This is me saying, I say who I am and I say when I’m done.”
Listen to “Sun Seeker” here: https://youtu.be/WDDU4RKT-rE
Having confidently stepped into the spotlight with their performance of ”Chillers” on ‘Later… with Jools Holland,’ Another Sky has earned praise from Paste, Under the Radar, The FADER, and NPR Music, who invited them in for a Tiny Desk Concert earlier this year. Frontwoman Catrin wryly credits some of their early success to the fact her distinctive, haunting vocals are frequently mistaken for those of a male singer. “People say I sound like a man – maybe that means they’ll listen.”
On how Music For Winter Vol. I came together, Vincent explains, “some songs are old, some are new, all are entirely collaborative. After being kept apart because of the lockdown and writing a bunch of our second album separately, we just wanted to get back into our studio and record.” The entire EP was recorded, produced and mixed by the band themselves at their South London studio, The Lighthouse, in October 2020.
“Where do we find our portable paradises?” – Catrin found herself staring at this very poem by Roger Robinson on the London Underground in March 2020.
For the first time in six years, the band couldn’t see each other, and the band’s bassist Naomi was able to sit still long enough to confront her intense fear of going to hell for being in a same-sex relationship, due to a Christian upbringing.
Catrin explains, “After lockdown eased, myself and Naomi revisited the opening track ‘Pieces,’ an old track originally sung by Naomi. We wrote lyrics together from an imagined conversation with a loved one telling Naomi she was going to hell.”
Naomi’s journey became the lyrical foundation for each of these six songs as Catrin drew universal comparisons with others’ lives; “a struggle with identity, walking past churches you are no longer part of and the person you become when you are in pain. If there is no end in sight of struggle, where are our white sands, green hills and fresh fish? If we can’t ever truly escape, which is what we were exploring in our debut album I Slept On The Floor, can we carry paradise in ourselves?”
Naomi adds about her experience, “It’s so easy to push things to the back of your mind. You never really know the impact this has on you until it becomes overbearing, and you’re forced to address it. I found it incredibly cathartic to tackle these issues head-on by visualising certain situations and being able to say whatever I needed to say, both in therapy and in writing music.”The band are currently recording their second full-length album which is anticipated to drop in 2021. Music For Winter Vol. II is also set to be released next winter.