Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell.
In 2018, Andrew was extended a residency invite from arts centre and historic house, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland to create new music for their restored, 19th century, Erard Grecian harp.
During Wasylyk's five-month sojourn he created melodies and progressions echoing the building's unique relationship with the looming North Sea horizon. Using not only the harp, but the house's original grand piano, Andrew explored the Angus landscape and beyond, gathering field recordings on trips to neighbouring Seaton Cliffs and Bell Rock Lighthouse (the world's oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse).
Winter slipped into spring, and harp-led compositions gave way to an ambitious third, full-length album, exploring a range of themes utilising a broad palette of instrumentation, including flugelhorn, euphonium, oboe, string trio, vintage synthesisers, drones and upright piano.
From the wandering, Bob James-esque, Fender Rhodes and shimmering strings in the study of coastal light, "(Welter) In The Haar", to the plaintive brass and farewell transmission blowing through, "Adrift Below A Constellation", punctuated by the fragility of Wasylyk's sole lead vocal of this collection - "The Paralian" (a dweller by the sea), is a conclusion embued with blue and golden melodies that land in a territory akin to experimentalists such as Robert Wyatt and Brian Eno. Through which, Wasylyk weaves the listener along a Modern-classical, Ambient and Jazz dream of Scotland's east coast.
Athens Of The North team were stunned by the luminous beauty and creativity at play in this work. Falling between genres and time, it stands next to 60s British Jazz, effortlessly blending notes of Library and soundtracks with dashes of British Folk.
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Artist Andrew Wasylyk Label Athens Of The North Music Format General Vinyl Music Format Specific 12" Genre Classical Release Date 1 Feb 2018 Track 1 Position A1 Track 1 Title Through the Field Beyond the Trees Lies the Ocean Track 1 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/01+Trough+the+Field+Beyond+the+Trees+Lies+the+Ocean.mp3 Track 2 Position A2 Track 2 Title Greendrive #2 Track 2 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/02+Greendrive+2.mp3 Track 3 Position A3 Track 3 Title Journey to Inchcape Track 3 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/03+Journey+to+Inchcape.mp3 Track 4 Position A4 Track 4 Title Welter in the Haar Track 4 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/04+Welter+in+the+Haar.mp3 Track 5 Position A5 Track 5 Title Dreamt the Breakers Spill Track 5 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/05+Dreamt+the+Breakers+Spill.mp3 Track 6 Position B1 Track 6 Title Flight of the Cormorant Track 6 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/06+Flight+of+the+Cormorant.mp3 Track 7 Position B2 Track 7 Title Westway Nocturne Track 7 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/07+Westway+Nocturne.mp3 Track 8 Position B3 Track 8 Title Mariners Hymn Track 8 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/08+Mariners+Hymn.mp3 Track 9 Position B4 Track 9 Title Adrift Below a Constellation Track 9 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/09+Adrift+Below+a+Constellation.mp3 Track 10 Position B5 Track 10 Title Unsurfacing Track 10 Preview URL https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/usolnaudiopreviews/AOTNLP28/10+Unsurfacing.mp3 Track 11 Position No Track 11 Title No Track 11 Preview URL No Track 12 Position No Track12 Title No Track 12 Preview URL No