Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation is the most recent in Andrew Wasylyk‘s trio of records that unearth and reshape the landscape of Eastern Scotland in musical terms. Where Themes for Buildings and Spaces (2017) toured the architecture and industry of Dundee, evoking a place caught between decay and regrowth, the Scottish Album of the Year Award shortlisted The Paralian (2019) explored the littoral exchanges between sea and shore on the North Sea coastline. Fugitive Light is graceful and flowing, like the Tay, evocative of landscape and the more rural. With it’s focus on the estuary, it has an incredibly different vibe to the previous two albums.
Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. Dundee-based, he creates a sense of place with his records that is distinctly trademarking for the musician, one which I feel adds textural layering and substance to the shimmering aesthetic.
Flow and ebb can be felt throughout this LP, the estuary, the River Tay all coming alive throughout this music. Ten tracks with harmony, melodic with elements of nostalgia, there is a magic to much of this LP. The Last Sunbeams of Childhood is notably immersive and soothing.
Recorded between Summer 2019 and January 2020, this LP showcases Wasylyk’s versatility as a musician to cross genres, and prove his worth as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Lounge jazz unexpectedly works its way into the record whilst also hearing tones of more cinematic scoring. As on The Paralian, string arrangements are by fellow Tayside musician Pete Harvey, known for his work with King Creosote, Modern Studies and The National Theatre of Scotland, adding to the overall smooth sound of the LP.
Optimistic and brimming with well-lit beauty, Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation is an album to fill you up with hope and a sense of natural spiritualism. Creating the flow of the estuary and a sense of movement we come to expect of the River. It’s a wondrous piece of work.
Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation is out now, via Athens of the North