Boomkat Product Review:
Sunny, meditative sounds inspired by early morning walks through Dundee's Balgay Park during the anxious Spring of 2020. Muted library sounds and jazzy post-rock moods that fall between Labradford and Ghost Box.
Writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mitchell, aka Andrew Wasylyk, attempts to manufacture a mood on "Balgay Hill: Morning in Magnolia" that plays on our understanding of cinema, nostalgia and landscape. As he walked alone through the Dundee sanctuary before the sun had completely risen, his mind shifted to ambience, which he uses to flesh out his instrumental compositions and add texture and mood.
So while 'Through The Rose Window' might have been a perfectly calm slice of jangly post-rock, with tape effects and mellotron ambience it takes on a psychedelic soft-focus quality that immediately shuttles us back in time. On 'Magpie Spring', Mitchell adds a slow drum machine pulse and synthesizer lead, leaving us somewhere alongside Helios and The Belbury Poly.
It's melancholy stuff for a melancholy age, but Mitchell never wallows - there's an inherent sweetness to his productions. Don't be surprised if we're hearing this stuff on adverts or BBC documentaries before the year ends.