Emma Anderson, the co-founder of Lush, has shared ‘The Presence’, the third single from her debut solo album Pearlies – out this Friday, October 20 via Sonic Cathedral. It follows previous offerings ‘Bend the Round’ and ‘Clusters’. Check out a video for it below.
“This is going to sound quite mad but it took me about nine years to write this one,” Anderson said of ‘The Presence’ in a statement. “I had the chords in different configurations with various melodies over the top for ages but nothing quite clicked or flowed. I was determined not to give up on it as I knew the kernel of the song was good.” She added, “The programmed drums on the last section… I said to James [Chapman], ‘Can you do something like on ‘Spellbound’ by Siouxsie and The Banshees?’ and it took him about 20 seconds to do exactly that.”
Speaking about the theme of anxiety that the song deals with, Anderson explained: “It’s something that rears its ugly head with me from time to time. And the lyrics are all about that and also the techniques that I have learned to use in order to overcome it.”