Another Sky - I Slept On The Floor: Album preview
There’s a very direct announcement on the accompanying PR that comes with the release of the band Another Sky’s debut album.
“People say I sound like a man, maybe that means they’ll listen.” That’s from lead vocalist Catrin Vincent.
But I had listened to new single ‘Fell in Love with the City’ before even reading the accompanying information.
I did, in fact, also think the vocals on the track belonged to a male voice so I was surprised to see the band’s line-up, led by Catrin.
Another Sky’s debut album ‘I Slept On The Floor’, is due for release on August 7, via Fiction Records.
They’ve been described as ‘imagining the band London Grammar making a record with Talk Talk’ and their songs as ‘atmospheric with verve and quirk.’
To me, the track ‘Fell in Love with the City’ is a soaring, classic blend of indie-pop.
Speaking about the album, Catrin said: ‘I Slept On The Floor’ is an amalgamation of the ever-shifting life I have shared with Another Sky over the last six years, searching for resolution between my hometown-self and the self a new city brought me. It was why in 2017, at St Pancras Church, Another Sky performed in the dark as silhouettes, big illuminated circles behind each of us.
“People left asking if the singer was a woman or a man. I wanted to ask why it mattered?”
"I wanted the band to be a mirror, reflecting the darkness back at itself. I thought I had found myself in that darkness.
"I grew up in a white picket fence town with a fear of beds, preferring to sleep on the floors of bathrooms in case I got sick at night. My anxiety was so suppressed, so unacknowledged by my environment that my body broke to get my attention.
"I became very unwell. My body tried to tell me, "you can't mould yourself into their ideal," but I didn't know there was an alternative. I was malleable soil instead, filling a vase, growing into a shape I couldn't see.
"You can't see the walls around you if they look like the edges of the universe.
"In 2013, I moved to London and thought I'd found a bigger, better vase. Suddenly I was exploding into a world of a million possibilities, but rather than finding myself bursting at the seams, I couldn't find the edges of myself at all.
"Just as my home town had shaped me, so did London begin to. Among the rising rents and an increasingly hostile political landscape, the pressure to define my limits grew. The world didn't stop breaking me down just because I had moved on from the confines of my childhood.
"I Slept On The Floor documents the childhood rejection we carry with us into adulthood. This album is about only understanding a place once you've left it."
The band has announced a tour for the end of 2020 with dates as follows:
November 11 – EartH, London
November 19 – Think Tank, Newcastle
November 20 – King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
November 21 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
November 26 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
November 27 – Star & Garter, Manchester
November 28 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
December 3 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
December 4 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
December 5 – The Louisiana, Bristol
Preview by Zoe Myall