Former indie-popster crafts lush ambient jazz inspired by the North Sea coast, in our APRIL 2023 issue of Uncut, available to buy here.
Andrew Wasylyk’s mostly instrumental music exists in the soft borders between jazz, post-rock and classical music, with field recordings, minimalist and ambient elements underlying quietly grand arrangements of bittersweet, beautiful tunes. His work is rooted in his native Dundee and the Scottish coast. A key member of now defunct indie-pop band The Hazey Janes and current bassist for Idlewild, Wasylyk has also played with School Of Language and The Electric Soft Parade. Since debuting with 2015’s Soroky, his seven solo albums to date form a cohesive, increasingly impressive world.
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Once, though, he had very different dreams. “When I was younger, I was obsessed with following in my brother’s footsteps to play football professionally,” says Wasylyk (whose given surname is Mitchell – he uses his Ukrainian grandad’s name for his music). “Then music left this door ajar to another, euphoric world.”
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