Anathema's Daniel Cardoso teams up with Petter Carlsen for Northern South

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Anathema multi-instrumentalist Daniel Cardoso  launches a brand new musical outfit Northern South today. It's a collaboration with Norwegian singer songwriter Petter Carlsen, who has previously toured with Anathema, as well as Marillion, Steven Wilson and Long Distance Calling.

The pair have released a video for their debut single Make It Last, which is released today. You can watch the video in full below.

"Many moons ago I was entertaining the idea of having some sort of creative input in Anathema, so I wrote a couple of songs that I thought could fit the band's musical world," Cardoso explains. "Anathema however runs a very tight ship when it comes to writing music and there’s simply no space for an outsider to throw ideas, or full songs for that matter, into the pot. So I just shelved it.

"Then Covid-19 happened and a sudden tour cancellation and mandatory confinement made me go through old projects. I stumbled upon this song and I felt compelled to write more of it. I’m lucky enough to have my own studio so I went on to record full-blown instrumentals, and eventually started to consider releasing it as a new project/ band. All I needed now was an awesome singer."

Carlssen's connections with Anathema - both Daniel and Vimncent are fans, the latter singing on Built To Last from Carlssen's 2011 album Clocks Don't Count - stood him in good stead.

"That’s when I decided to harass Petter Carlsen," Cardoso continues. "We had bumped into each other many times in the past and I always had an enormous admiration for him as a singer and artist. From all the songs I sent him he decided to start with this one in particular, which fondly enough is the song that started it all. 

"Once I got the first demos with his voice I was like 'Wow… This can be good' and it all started falling into place. Now we’re in a band together, each of us in our different part of the globe. So we decided to call it Northern South. Its pretty self-explanatory. And there’s more to come.”

Northern South are currently working on new material for an upcoming EP.

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.