In early 2020, good fortune carried poet Liz Lochhead and musician/producer, Andrew Wasylyk through the sleet and hailstones of a wintry Hebridean storm over the sea to the Isle of Mull. Absconded, but now trapped by ferry cancellations, the two artists, along with producer Gordon Maclean, battened down the hatches at An Tobar, Tobermory, to embark on what all three wondered: could this possibly be our new project...?
‘Still Life, Sweetheart’ marks their second collaboration with this collection of five voice and piano pieces. Lochhead’s hushed voice, delivering sometimes simple and songlike good wishes, sometimes acute observations on love, life, longevity and -- always -- longing, lands beautifully among Wasylyk’s undulating melodies that exist in a space between the minimalist nocturnes of Erik Satie and the weightless progressions of Joanna Brouk.
Liz Lochhead and Andrew Wasylyk’s unique journey took them somewhere new and strange, to a place that felt as hopeful as it was vulnerable, and in the end is as hypnotic as it is intimate. ‘Still Life, Sweetheart’ is a rare double-portrait where spoken-word, modern-classical, and maybe-jazz meet in a form that’s less lofty or remote than perhaps suggested by any of these genre-categories.