Former SKUNK ANANSIE Frontwoman: My Solo Debut Is My Best Work Yet

Former SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman SKIN says that her upcoming solo debut, "Fleshwounds", is a much more personal affair than anything she has previously done — an album of love songs that don't so much celebrate the emotion as mourn its passing.

"At the beginning of this project, my brief was to write songs, fairly traditional songs, made up of beautiful melodies and dark, searching lyrics," Skin told Italy's Indipendente. "I suppose my biggest talent is lyric writing, and I really wanted to showcase that on this record. The songs of SKUNK ANANSIE were very much about the world. This album is completely about me. It taps into an entirely new energy, and is very different to anything I have ever done before."

"It's been a very difficult record to make," she added. "The whole album is about the mental illness we call love, all its many facets and grey areas. In order to be happy in life, we put ourselves through some crazy predicaments, and I wanted to document all that. Every song revolves around three very particular relationships in my life. It's definitely a break-up album, and it helped me get a lot of things off my chest. I feel so much better now, and I'm confident that it's my best work yet."

"Fleshwounds", due on June 9 through EMI Records, was recorded in two bursts —first in 2001, in Belgium, with producer David Kosten, and then a year later with COLDPLAY collaborator Ken Nelson. Skin wrote the record with her longtime writing partner Len Arran, with the exception of "Lost Without You", which was co-penned by Robbie Williams' former musical partner, Guy Chambers. Musicians appearing on the CD include Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie's guitarist), Cass (former SKUNK ANANSIE bassist), and Ben Christophers on piano, while the trumpet on "You've Made Your Bed" comes courtesy of film director Mike Figgis.

Upcoming Skin tour dates:

May 06 - Scala – London, UK
May 07 - Scala – London, UK
May 20 - Alcatraz – Milan, ITA
Jun. 07 - Pinkpop - Landgraaf – Limburg, NETH
Jun. 20-23 - Hurricane Festival – Scheeßel, GER
Jun. 21-23 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen ob Eck, GER

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