Back in 2008, with streaming arriving and losing my mind after BSKYB pulled their funding of a huge joint venture, which saw us launch TheQuietus, I stopped releasing records.
Upto that point our label had been pretty successful starting the careers of acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Bat for Lashes, Blood Red Shoes and many more, whilst selling over 80k copies of Martha Wainwright’s incredible debut album.
Today, almost 15 years later the Drowned in Sound label is truly back, with an album out today by the acclaimed multi instrumentalist and producer The Anchoress.
Versions features reworkings of alternative classics that critics have remarked make the familiar sound like something new. Catherine has tackled tunes by New Order, Nirvana, All About Eve, Nico/Jackson Browne and her beloved Manic Street Preachers, with whom she performed her version of ‘This Is Yesterday’ at this year’s Glastonbury.
The record has been getting some incredible reviews and we’ve nearly sold all 1000 copies of the eco mix vinyl (today is Bandcamp Friday if you want to grab yourself one before they’re all gone)
Today NME are premiering a frame by frame rework of Depeche Mode’s video for Enjoy the Silence, which if anything tells you that massive Depeche fans probably shouldn’t be allowed to run record labels. 😜 Watch it here.
There’s a special show at London’s Union Chapel tonight to celebrate the release with a few tickets available if you fancy joining us. Then I have a weekend of packing the final pre-orders to go out to everyone.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the release and here’s to the next one.
p.s. if Spotify is your thing, you’ll find the album here