Watch a compelling session from The Anchoress
Catherine Anne Davies’ intense alter-ego performs two tracks exclusively for RedBull.com.
The inspiration behind Davies' own psuedonym is, perhaps, less straightforward. It's a reference to her habit of hiding away in the studio. "It came from a documentary I saw about the history of the religious hermit," she says. "It resonated with me and my studio experience – being locked up in a small, cramped room with little daylight for a prolonged period."
With all that time spent holed-up in one room, polishing and refining her songs, you might expect a certain level of intensity with The Anchoress's music – and her debut album of prog-pop Confessions Of A Romance Novelist, described as like Karen Carpenter singing John Grant, doesn't disappoint.
Co-produced with Paul Draper (once of UK indie-rockers Mansun), it's an album inspired by Kate Bush's The Dreaming and the maverick twists and turns made by Prince. It's a record that bears the influence of Davies' other old favourites too: David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Manic Street Preachers and Björk.
Watch The Anchoress's exclusive performances of What Goes Around (above) and Doesn't Kill You (below).