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“I Slept On The Floor” is considered a more than punishing debut for the young British band Another Sky. We frolic in a world of very varied soundscapes, resonating with the unique androgynous voice of front woman Catrin Vincent. “I Slept On The Floor” is a lyrically sharp album that makes us musically sipping touches of post-rock, dreampop, stadium rock, jazz, indie and all that we will complement after yet another listening. “Fell In Love With The City” probably includes the most hit potential, “Brave Face” the most ingenious crescendo and “Let Us Be Broken” the most catchy outburst, but don’t let that stop you from listening to the album in its entirety. These three songs lend themselves to being drawn out of the context of their album, but believe us, you experience so much more when you put I Slept On The Floor in its entirety to your ear.

It feels a bit weird given their extensive primetime Radio 1 coverage that Another Sky haven’t quite hit the dizzy heights yet. Their August released debut album ‘I Slept On The Floor’, and in particular single ‘Fell In Love With The City’, holds a special place in my heart with them being an ever-present soundtrack to my first few months living in London earlier this year and adjusting to the solitude of lockdown. When gigs are back in full flow, I’d expect their stock to skyrocket when people get to witness their beautiful post-rock anthems in the flesh. 

Another Sky have unveiled their new single ‘The Cracks’ along with details of new EP ‘Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds’. Check out the new Steve Turvey-directed video. Due for release on June 14th, the new EP from the band is led by the song ‘The Cracks’. Debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, it was inspired by a Leonard Cohen lyric and written as “an ode to our generation, one that is more self-aware and being forced to have the difficult conversations that lead to progress and evolution”

Over their few releases so far, the band have been praised for their socio-politically aware lyrics. As to what draws her to these ideas, Vincent said she’s simply reflecting many of the anxieties that come with the zeitgeist.

“I’m very open about it and don’t believe there should be any kind of stigma around mental health,” Vincent said. “Going through the process of mental illness is bloody difficult, and I’m really interested in how it touches our generation. It has been affecting our generation worse, and I think it’s tied to things like global warming.

New song ‘The Cracks’ echoes the themes of the band’s other recent material, acting as a call for action as well as echoing a struggle to find one’s place in a fractured society.

“‘We have a song called ‘The Water Below’, which was about being a depressed young woman and not really knowing what it meant to be ‘a woman’ or what to do,” said Vincent. “There’s another new song called ‘Riverbed’ and it explores feeling like you’re at the bottom of a river but being told that everything is different. You’ve sunk to the bottom but you’re being told that you’re actually flying.

“There’s this feeling like we can’t talk about the things that are going to happen. There’s a pressure to be really hopeful about global warming rather than saying ‘More needs to be done’. ‘Riverbed’ is about being told that how you’re feeling is wrong.”

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South London four-piece Another Sky have a sound that just can’t be taught. Lead vocalist Catrin Vincent’s low, robust vocals ascend from the deepest pockets of her throat, resulting in a versatile vocal range that most female vocalists don’t possess. After their 2018 debut EP, Forget Yourself, and a string of recent singles (“Avalanche,” “Chillers” and “Apple Tree”), Another Sky have made a mark with their throaty, melodic indie-pop, spidery guitars and soaring choruses. They are set to appear at SXSW in Austin this year for their first American live shows.

Another Sky’s Catrin Vincent has the sort of voice – peculiar, powerful, androgynous – that’ll stop you in your tracks. It is perhaps the most striking thing about Another Sky, who also comprise drummer Max, bassist Naomi and guitarist Jack (they haven’t given their second names) – though there are plenty of other things too.

Take their single “Avalanche”, for example. Its condemnation of toxic masculinity, police brutality and violence against women, channelled through that arresting voice, is hugely affecting. Another Sky used to perform in total darkness, wishing to be anonymous. They don’t do that anymore. They’re ready to step into the light.

Music video by Another Sky performing Avalanche. © 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

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