The Art of Losing is the second album from Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies), following in the wake of her critically-acclaimed debut album and recent collaborations with Manic Street Preachers, Bernard Butler, and Simple Minds. Written and produced by Davies, The Art of Losing navigates the detritus of death. It’s an album made in the process of trying to climb out of grief and explores how we make something from the losses in our lives.
The record’s title is inspired by the opening line of the Elizabeth Bishop poem ‘One Art’ – perhaps unsurprising for someone with a PhD in Literature. It follows her debut, Confessions of A Romance Novelist, which was named amongst the Guardian critics’ Albums of the Year, won HMV’s Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. It was a record that also won Davies a legion of fans, from Peter Gabriel and David Gilmour, to Toyah Wilcox & Robert Fripp, comedian Al Murray, as well as The Cure’s Robert Smith, who personally invited Catherine to perform at his Meltdown festival.
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