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Band Spectra and The Anchoress unite on new single "Human Reciprocator"

30 June 2022, 15:39 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Band Spectra, real name Robert Manning, has recruited The Anchoress to appear on "Human Reciprocator", which reflects on "the current state of affairs."

"Human Reciprocator" marks the first new material from The Anchoress, real name Catherine Anne Davies, since last year's The Art of Losing album, and is a collaboration with Band Spectra, aka Robert Manning.

Davies says of the new release, which arrives with a Callum Henderson-directed video, ""Human Reciprocator" was heavily inspired by an overdose on the toxic news cycle, ruminating on privilege and abuse of power in politics, deception, hypocrisy and the slow slide into a Britain steeped in poverty and a cost of living crisis while a political elite bluster and lie their way through a decade in power. Growing up with periods of my childhood relying on free school meals I am increasingly horrified at the proliferation of reliance on food banks while those in power become ever more detached from the realities of the working classes. "Human Reciprocator" is a reflection on the current state of affairs."

Manning adds, "Band Spectra began as a therapeutic endeavour following a passing recommendation by a neuropsychologist to use music as an aid to try to combat a decline in my health as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. Recognising the frustrating lack of visibility and significant barriers faced by disabled musicians within the music industry and with the help of Arts Council funding, I made an album of remote collaborations during a challenging period of shielding, with the intention of celebrating and raising awareness of disability and diversity. "Human Reciprocator", the first song written for the album, started as a primitive idea: a 909 motorik beat; a driving Moog bassline and Leo Abraham’s cacophonous experimental guitar saw the tentative beginnings of what (18 months later) translated into the perfect hostile foundation for Catherine's powerful and veracious political lyrics."

As well as releasing "Human Reciprocator" today (30 June), Davies has launched a limited run of signed lyric prints of the track, and all profits will be donated to the Trussel Trust.

Band Spectra's "Human Reciprocator" single featuring The Anchoress is out now on The Music Federation.
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