Communion: Live at Church Studios

by Catherine AD

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NME's "20 Best Cult/Experimental Albums of 2011"

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In late spring of 2011, Liam Howe (Marina & the Diamonds, Emiliana Torrini, Sneaker Pimps) captured a new set of string-laden recordings by Catherine AD and her all female string section. Recorded live in a single afternoon at the legendary Church Studios in London’s Crouch End (once owned by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and birthplace of 'Sweet Dreams'), Communion is a collection of songs stripped of drums and modern technology.

As well as a reference to the former sacred function of the studio space, Communion takes its name from the idea of “sharing something between a group of musicians” and the numerous churches that Catherine and her strings had been playing in the run-up to the recording. Mastered by Jon Astley (Tori Amos, Emmylou Harris) and engineered by Rich Wilkinson (Magic Numbers), these are songs that are haunted by a heavy heart and that voice, which has been described by Metro as "like a lake of black honey" (METRO) and as "gorgeous. sick. beautiful" by Courtney Love.

Cover image by www.robertofoddai.com

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released October 16, 2011

Recorded live at Church Studios, London on 20 March 2011.
www.thechurchstudios.com

Produced by Liam Howe
Engineered & Mixed by Richard Wilkinson
Assistant Engineer: Darren Simpson
Mixed by Richard Wilkinson at 212 Studios
Mastered by Jon Astley

Strings: Vicky Falconer Pritchard (violin, saw, accordion, BVs), Mary Kelly (viola), Gillian Wood (cello).

Catherine AD: Voice, Steinway Grand Piano, Toy Piano, Flute, Wurlitzer.

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