Anathema Drops Trailer With New Music, The Optimist Coming This June


Post-rock masters Anathema have announced a new album, The Optimist, dropping from Kscope this June 9th. The band has dropped a trailer which you can see below:


Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh comments about the concept of The Optimist, and the character central to the album:

I suppose you might say the album is semi-autobiographical because this time we used a surrogate. We put sound, feelings and crucially, our own hopes and fears into another person and made him the subject of the songs then weaving my own internal monologue into the narrative of The Optimist. It was John’s idea to write a narrative, so I took A Fine Day To Exit as the starting point. The guy who disappeared – you never knew what happened to him, did he start a new life? Did he succumb to his fate? It was never explained. The opening track title is the exact coordinates for Silver Strand beach in San Diego – the last known location of The Optimist – shown on the cover of A Fine Day to Exit.

The artwork was created by designer and illustrator Travis Smith from a series of photographs Smith took on a West Coast road trip.

Anathema The Optimist track listing:

2.63N 117.14W [01:18]

Leaving It Behind [04:27]

Endless Ways [05:49]

The Optimist [05:37]

San Francisco [04:59]

Springfield [05:49]

Ghosts [04:17]

Can`t Let Go [05:00]

Close Your Eyes [03:39]

Wildfires [05:40]

Back To The Start [11:41]

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