This one has sold out on all formats. Sorry!
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 03 May 2017
Andrew Wasylyk is in fact the recording name of Dundee resident, writer, producer and all-round clever-trousers / multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mitchell. A nice informative and long sentence to open with there, just for you. Anyway, the music is a delight (if a little romanticised).
On Themes for Buildings and Spaces, Mitchell seems to have chosen his top 8 building sites and open spaces -- taking sufficient inspiration from each to compose lovely little miniature instrumental pieces, like you do. Each place he has worked from has triggered different feelings, which he has translated accordingly in music form. So the record opens with ‘Drift’, wherein an elegant piano melody is broken up by plangent, thoughtful trumpet and a lazy guitar riff -- perfect for solo contemplations on a sunny day wherever you may be. ‘Under High Blue Skies’ comes in under a wash of Rhodes piano, recumbent drums, sleepwalking bass and brass tiptoeing through some carefree chords. ‘Via Crucis’ is -- I didn’t think it possible, but here it is -- even more horizontal and invites you to lounge in the shade of a large tree. I have no frame of reference for these locations, you see.
Breezy, summery guitar, tender piano and brass motifs abound on this masterfully pretty collection. The only exception is the -- there’s no way round this -- downright creepy vignette ‘Ghosts of Park Place’ with its eerie electronics and sounds of shrieking, playing children. So, that’d be 82% relaxing, 18% haunting then. If those two adjectives are mutually exclusive... Which they’re not, of course. Note to self: please try harder, Jamie. However… it’s time for me to go home.
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