The Anatomy Of… are, in singer Daniel Smiths’ own words, its “traditional Folk storytelling mashed up with Jazz and Soul elements”. In their work there’s a hints of Bright Eyes’ detailing and Neil Young’s storytelling. Like many great storytellers, experience and hardship has formed much of the bands output, using music to diarise his “battles with addiction and mental health issues” and to offer escape and understanding to listeners “still in the shadows, reaching for a way out.”
Inspiration, along with past experiences, comes from the most surprising of places; “I get a great deal of my melodies while I’m riding my bike. Something about moving fast and being suspended in the air opens my mind to receive. I am not sure why this is, but it works.” You can hear these freewheeling, complex and pretty melodies on songs like the wonderful ‘Silver Horse’.
As well as the influences in their lives, the group boast a load of idiosyncratic inspirations, from classical composer Erik Satie to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, along with bass guitar pioneer Jaco Pastorius and lately author Richard Brautigan too. “Right now, I am really into the great female songwriters. Carole King and Joni Mitchell are my go-to”.
The songs on their debut full length ‘Two Wanderers’ sound relatively conventional at first, but are each distinctively captivating. “I want to sound familiar enough to gain the listener’s attention but unique enough to have my own voice. It’s a very tricky balance to find.” The USP of the band is that the emotion seems so genuine and heartfelt. “In an industry where lyrics often become so vague and universal, I think people find it refreshing to hear something that truly comes from the heart.” “It can get exhausting playing personal songs all the time, but the way I look at it, the songs aren’t for me anymore. They’re for you.”