Anathema – Weather Systems

Anathema will release their new album, “Weather Systems” on April 24. This album is the follow-up to 2010’s “We’re Here Because We’re Here” and continues to display Anathema’s talent and ability to make simple yet complex music that when truly analyzed is a masterful piece of art. Some would consider it to be one of the bands best works yet. The last album has set the bar high for this album and has defiantly exceeded those goals. Band member, Daniel Cavanagh feels that “This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul.”

The album begins with Untouchables Part 1 and Untouchables Part 2. For part one, a peaceful guitar tone and harmonizing vocals are introduced. These vocals and guitar play the slowly incorporated background music, giving the song a deep, meaningful feeling. The upbeat rhythm and use of background music add a deep feel and makes the listener think about what is happening and what the purpose of it is. Part 2 continues with a slightly rougher vocal at the beginning contrasting well with the vocals of Untouchables Part 1. The solo vocals of the female singer are stunning and harmonize well with the male voice to create an almost angelic sound. The song progresses gradually and eventually adds background music and a faster pace while maintaining a quality and peacefulness to the music that not many artists can achieve. The third song on the album, The Gathering of the Clouds begins with a dark and mysterious tone, one can feel the clouds gathering before the storm. The direct contrasts in feeling to those of the previous song make this song seen much darker than it is. Track four, Lightning Song, picks up where The Gathering of the clouds left off, a dark tone and at the beginning, with piercing and clean vocals the female singer beginning a tranquil and peaceful intro. The Song gives the vocalist a chance to show the capabilities and encapsulates the feeling of the calm before the storm, with the storm striking halfway through. Track seven, The Beginning and the End continues the idea of playing on opposites and contrasts pervious tracks. The slow building tempo gives off an aura of calm and tranquility. The build up in the song shows off Anathema’s ability to keep the feeling of peace and calm while the music’s tempo and style have changed drastically throughout the whole album. The Album ends with the song Internal Landscapes. The beginning is a spoken intro that flows well with the music of the CD. Patiently the band begins to infiltrate the voice and takes over with a pleasant guitar and vocal combination. The slow pace and vocal styles seem to take the album as a whole and put it together in one song. Again, the contrasting styles is apparent and the band focuses on differences between male and female vocalists and changes in tempo.

The overall brilliance in the album comes from the seeming simplicity of the music. In reality the layers and contextual differences play on each other to make a strong and powerful album that is anything but simple. Weather Systems captures the feel of a storm and the emotions involved with it. The songs tell a story and take the listener from sunny days to storms all within the artistic medium of music. When asked is this is Anathema’s best work yet Daniel replied “Not Yet” and that “this record contains our very best work so far in what is becoming a long career.”  Anathema has made a delightful record that will surely be hard to top. Currently the band has no plans to tour the U.S. but European dates have been announced for this summer. Weather Systems will be available through Itunes, Amazon and other music retail outlets.

Weather Systems Tracklisting

1. Untouchable, part 1

2. Untouchable, part 2

3. The Gathering Of The Clouds

4. Lightning Song

5. Sunlight

6. The Storm Before The Calm

7. The Beginning And The End

8. The Lost Child

9. Internal Landscapes

Ryan Taylor/Columbus Wired

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