Andrew Wasylyk: 'I think the drift came from a curiosity and eagerness to explore different sounds and palettes'

This article is from 2019

Andrew Wasylyk: 'I think the drift came from a curiosity and eagerness to explore different sounds and palettes'

credit: Donald Milne

The multi-instrumentalist discusses his musical journey from indie pop to ornate and atmospheric soundscapes

'I've always had broad taste in music,' Andrew Mitchell says, explaining his evolution from writer of indie pop gems in The Hazey Janes to creator of lush ambient soundscapes under the Andrew Wasylyk moniker. 'I think the drift came from a curiosity and eagerness to explore different sounds and palettes. For me, when you're working in unfamiliar territory, asking questions of yourself, usually one of two outcomes can occur: either something unexpectedly rewarding, or something deeply disappointing! Ultimately, both can be useful for progressing.'

Released in February, Wasylyk's magnificent third album The Paralian was the result of this Dundee native decamping to Hospitalfield House in Arbroath for an extended residency, during which he composed for a Grecian harp. 'It quickly became apparent that there would be no shortage of inspiration,' he says of his time spent in the historic building, whose rich heritage served as creative fuel. 'Some of the harp arrangements I wrote with minimal intentions that could weave in and out of piano progressions. The aim was delicate and ornate, to echo the building's interior. The coastal environment infiltrated that process, at times fuelling the temptation to let areas evolve using drums, bass, brass, strings and synthesizers.'

Fresh from a run of shows with Idlewild, who he joined in 2014 ('It's been a privilege working with a group who have that history and output'), Mitchell is set to recreate The Paralian at Summerhall, with a backing band of eight musicians including Pete Harvey of Modern Studies, who wrote the album's string arrangements.

'I'm really excited to have visual artist Tommy Perman along too,' Mitchell adds. 'We've collaborated on a few videos recently which he'll be reimagining and projecting during our performance.' It's another layer of intrigue for this restless artistic polymath.

Andrew Wasylyk, Summerhall, Tue 6 Aug, 7pm, £12.

Andrew Wasylyk: The Paralian

Andrew Wasylyk Scottish musician and producer Andrew Wasylyk accepted an extended residency invite from arts centre and historic house Hospitalfield, in Arbroath, Scotland to create new music for their restored 19th-century Erard Grecian harp. During Wasylyk's five-month sojourn, ideas were inspired by the building's…

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