Today’s new music spotlight is on Another Sky.
Line-up: Catrin Vincent (vocals/guitar/piano/production), Naomi Le Dune (bass), Jack Gilbert (guitar/production) and Max Doohan (drums)
About: When you listen to Another Sky, it’s probably Catrin Vincent’s voice that’ll catch your attention first. It is a weapon – peculiar, androgynous, lurching and defiant – that she wields to beautiful, evocative effect. When Guardian music critic Caroline Sullivan saw the band perform at The Great Escape this year, she tweeted, “I’m almost dumbstruck by the singer – she has the strangest, most haunting voice I’ve heard in ages.” Catrin is delighted that people find it so strange. “A lot of people think I’m a man,” she laughs. “I think people are embarrassed when they initially think it’s one of the guys singing, but I love it. It’s like I’ve got two voices – there’s this soft, whispery voice that can go really high, and then suddenly there’s this angry chest voice. Somewhere along the way, I drew two voices together.”
Catrin’s unusual vocals certainly caught the attention of her future bandmates – drummer Max, bassist Naomi and guitarist Jack – when they were studying music together at Goldsmiths University. Before they came together to form Another Sky (which is named after an Emily Dickinson poem), “we were all just drifting,” says Catrin. But as soon as they found each other, something clicked. “We started by jamming, and songs would come out of just hours of jamming. Then I would put the melody and lyrics down. It’s really collaborative, no-one’s really in charge. I think that’s the best thing about it.”
What Hidden Herd say: Bewitching Londoners Another Sky are an immersive sonic experience, whipping up electro-pop that’s broodingly atmospheric and eerily emotive.
For fans of: Radiohead, Everything Everything, alt-J
Next shows: Another Sky play Hidden Herd Festival 2018 – a boutique all-day event featuring a killer lineup of up and coming artists – on Saturday 1st September at The Green Door Store in Brighton. Tickets are available via DICE.
Latest track: ‘Avalanche’