Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. Cinematic nostalgia, elements of baroque pop and the influence of classic 1970s songwriters come together in a diverse collection of ten songs which comprise debut album Soroky.
Soroky, the name of the village his grandfather Iwan Wasylyk hailed from in Western Ukraine, explores a range of themes – from the disillusion and anxiety of “Last Of The Loved” to the playful riposte “Mr White, It's No Trouble At All”. The songs convey warmth, but at the same time a spaciousness that makes them seem at home in the still of night: a feeling
particularly apparent in "The More I Believe, The Less I Really Know”.
Recorded on the Isle of Mull in just five days, orchestral layers weave in and out of traditional guitar, piano and drum arrangements, creating a sense of haunting unease which is punctuated by Mitchell's powerful yet fragile vocals: reminiscent at times of early Scott Walker, Randy Newman or the late Billy Mackenzie.
Released November 6th 2015 through Empty Words, Soroky will be available on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.
This live album is absolutely astounding. I gave myself the gift of not bothering to look at the track list at any point, and thus the Frightened Rabbit cover was a 100% surprise. And what a wonderful cover! Great band, great album, great sounding live versions of great songs. Can't recommend this album enough. cloudspine