‘Feelings’’ is the latest song to be taken from Guy Andrews’ new album ‘Tåke’ [Norwegian for “mist” or “fog”]. The sinister and pulsating track features acclaimed musician Alev Lenz who also appears on the haunting and stunning ‘The Clearing’.
Andrews comments , ‘I wrote ‘Feelings’ with the idea of working with singular elements such as violins and individual synths that would interact and weave in and out of each other, almost like anxious thoughts in someone’s mind. I wanted it to be emotive and in places slightly aggressive, allowing Alev space to let her vocals sit between the string layers and electronic textures.’
Alev whose own music was recently featured in the final episode ‘Hated in The Nation’ of season 3 of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror adds, ‘I wrote “Feelings” shortly after I was done with “the Clearing”. My heart had arrived and was breathing. But then I found myself lacking the words for healing. Gasping for air but not knowing what to yell for, what to demand, what to ask for and where to reach. If you stop but don’t know what you need, if you can’t name what you need; it’s like trying to breathe in a vacuum. I discovered my feelings. And that I not only have needs but feelings. Feelings that are hard to name, hard to get acknowledged, hard to get taken seriously. We all have them. They don’t go away if you ignore them. They want names and then they can travel away from you and let you breathe.’
Released on 22nd September via Houndstooth ‘Tåke’ is a brooding aural landscape, weaving textures and soaring rhythms with energy and restraint to draw upon the haunting sense of change in our time, and explore the space in which we find ourselves.
Guy Andrews is a London based musician known for creating dark, atmospheric music by combining an array of influences from post-rock, techno and electronica to create expansive cinematic masterpieces. His new album was inspired by his visit to Scandinavia last year. A cancelled return flight from Norway due to fog left Guy with some time to explore his surroundings.
He comments, “I had some extra time to explore Bergen, the city where I was staying. I ended walking up a small mountain and at the top was greeted by a stunning view of Norway’s fjords – it was such a stark contrast to where I was living at the time that it inspired me to write music that reflects the reward you get from exploring new environments.
The artwork for Tåke features an oil painting commissioned by critically acclaimed painter Jake Wood-Evans, whose recent work is being currently featured in Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery following a solo exhibition in Unit London.
Following his début album last year on Houndstooth with Our Spaces, 2017 has already seen Guy Andrews record at the legendary Maida Vale studio with Masayoshi Fujita for BBC Radio 3.
After a period of writing and producing ambient music under various aliases, Guy Andrews’ eponymous discography includes music for the critically acclaimed Hemlock record label, Erased Tapes and Scuba’s Hotflush, gaining support from tastemakers Bonobo, Massive Attack, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ulrich Schnauss, Max Cooper and Ben UFO.
1 – Guy Andrews & Alev Lenz – The Clearing
2 – Guy Andrews – Trails
3 – Guy Andrews – Fjell
4 – Guy Andrews – It Cannot Surface
5 – Guy Andrews & Alev Lenz – Feelings
6 – Guy Andrews – There Was Nothing You Could Have Done