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 released in September, 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.
The album displays an intriguing blend of genres and styles, so we thought it would be interesting to find out more about Guy’s influences.
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The ultimate soundtrack to my angst filled teenage years. My hair was long, social anxiety was rife and my clothing oversized. The only thing I retained from that era was the music, and at the top of the pile of CD’s was (and still is) MCIS.
Corgan’s song writing has always had a big impact on me. Every chord progression or melody played on this particular album is just so aligned with my taste in music. It’s literally perfect.
Nothing in alternative rock will beat the Pumpkin’s use of dynamics, distortion and quality song writing. This album is a supposed journey from day to night and totally summarises how this band soundtrack people’s lives.
Tool – Lateralus
It is such a monumentally epic piece of work that I can’t even begin to describe it. From the syllables of lyrics within the title track matching that of the mathematical Fibonacci sequence, to Danny Carey’s insane polyrhythmic drumming – there is so much going on both conceptually and musically here that it is no wonder it hasn’t aged since being released in 2001.
Lateralus is an album that has pissed me off in equal measures. I still can’t work out how you’d write an album this good and it actually frustrates me that I can’t recreate what they do within my own music. They are masters of tension and release, working with quite simple yet evolving guitar riffs and sonic elements to make each track an epic quest in its own right.
I can’t listen to just one song from this album. For me, it is the album to listen to from start to finish.
Ben Frost – By The Throat
I was first sent this album by someone who worked closely with Ben Frost when it first came out. She included a message saying something along the lines of “don’t listen until you’re alone in a dark room with headphones”.
At the time I was living in a creepy attic studio flat in Brighton with these big Velux windows over my bed. It was raining heavily andgenerally shit weather, so I decided to give this album a first listen as per my friend’s instruction.
I nearly cried. It was possibly one of the most petrifying aural experiences of my life. I hadn’t previously heard anything like it. This combination of field recordings and acoustic instrumentation with such intense, pulsating electronic distortion. There was a ridiculous level of tension going on throughout the album, as if you were being hunted by the pack of wolves whose sampled growls haunt tracks across the album.
I wish more music was like this.