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Needle Mythology is back with a new release, And with their very first release of brand new music. Bernard Butler & Catherine Anne Davies’ In Memory Of My Feelings LP is out 18th September on heavyweight vinyl in gatefold sleeve, including a bonus 7″ with a cover of Madonna’s Live To Tell.

Ironically, despite being conceived in 2010 then completed in 2014, In Memory of My Feelings only took 15 days to make. The biggest battle facing its creators was finding someone to release it, where music journalist cum label owner Pete Paphides duly obliged in making it the first “new” release on his Needle Mythology imprint, which up until now has solely put out reissues.

In Memory of My Feelings is a very personal record, particularly for Davies, who wrote all of the lyrics. Nevertheless, the meeting of minds between two very talented individuals means the arrangements veer from sparse, such as on opener and lead single “The Breakdown,” or the exquisitely tender “I Know” and despondent penultimate number “The Patron Saint of the Lost Cause,” to the more upbeat and up-tempo, rockier pieces like “Sabotage (Looks So Easy)” and “Judas,” where Butler’s signature guitar sound rises to the fore.

Elsewhere, “The Waiting Game” could be a Manic Street Preachers outtake from the Resistance Is Futile sessions (if you’ve heard Davies’ contributions to that record you’ll understand where I’m coming from), while closer “F.O.H.” could be a distant relative of “P.S. Fuck You” off Davies’ alter ego The Anchoress’ 2016 long player Confessions of a Romance Novelist.

“I’m not especially interested in recreating whatever’s worked on previous projects,” Bernard Butler . “Odd is what I look for – and, by ‘odd’ what I really mean is ‘character’. And as for that Madonna cover? “When I was 16, Live To Tell allowed me to join the dots in song writing between True Blue and The Queen Is Dead.”

Catherine Anne Davies loves the song to (as do we – both the original and their 7″ cover). “I don’t know what Madonna wrote it about,” she told us, “but the resonances in a post-#metoo world are impossible to miss.”

The Breakdown’ is the first offering to be lifted from the forthcoming collaborative album by Catherine Anne Davies (aka The Anchoress) and Bernard Butler. ‘In Memory Of My Feelings’ will be released via Needle Mythology on 18th September, 2020 and is notable as the first new master recording for Pete Paphides‘ label. The Breakdown explores the personal price to the pursuit of economic wealth and the failures of free market capitalism, framed through the story of one investment banker’s catastrophic breakdown. Butler adds “Musically the song is deliberately dysfunctional with an unorthodox slowed up 10/8 meter.

The piano arpeggio is played forwards then backwards to symbolise the dysfunctional dreamlike beauty of the breakdown” Taken from the forthcoming album ‘In Memory Of My Feelings’, out 18th September on Needle Mythology. Limited edition formats include 2LP +7” w/ signed lyric sheet and gatefold replica CD with signed postcard available for a limited period exclusively via the Official store.

Catherine Anne Davies – vocals Bernard Butler – piano Rex Horan – upright bass


Anchoress is a self-described ‘revenge-pop’ artist, Catherine Anne Davies, AKA The Anchoress, makes animated pop music with a sinister, obsessive edge. Heading on a major EU tour with Simple Minds, she will be dropping her debut album not till June 2015. an·cho·ress [ang-ker-is] noun
A woman who is an anchorite – a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit; one who has retired from the world.
The Anchoress is a new project from Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies.