Stunning debut 6 track EP release from Brighton based Andy Wheddon & Friends.
Andy Wheddon is a Brighton based recording artist who has been producing audio art and electronica for several years. His background in film and field recording provided the building blocks for his strangely organic sound that also takes in the influences of Musique Concrete and Drum & Bass along the way.
Andy has worked with many artists over the years; of particular note is the work he recorded as ‘The Dukes Project’ with James Thompson and several ongoing projects with Fraser Geesin both of whom feature on this, his debut release for Concrete Plastic.
The EP opens with the sci-fi doom of My Confession, a time-shifted voice gives up it’s dark secrets against the intermittent clashing of swords and insect percussion, telling a fearful tale that is unintelligible but completely understood.
On Jointed & Freestanding double bass and cello play out over a gloriously grainy background whilst percussive bubbles burst then fall silent. The exploration of the structure of sounds is very much in evidence here, as it is throughout the EP. Monotones break through alongside staccato breaks of hi-hat as the instruments melancholy tune recedes and quietly departs.
Thin Skin is a real schizophrenic track. Ponderous tones and analogue progressions sit aloft a percussion that lays the first true beats. The clicky percussion and panning flybys continues the obsession with the minutiae of sound.
Jungle Farms title lays bare it’s credentials and it doesn’t fail to disappoint. With a reductionist approach to D&B and an analogue flange line sounding like a vocoded alien this track is perhaps the most accessible of the 6 on display. Distant harpsichords sit above doom laden bass drones to create a track that works for the head and for the feet.
Slowing it right down the perfectly titled Codemasters Blues sits in contrast to Jungle Farm with it’s beetle jazz band playing their lonely hearts out to a smoke filled room. Cymbals clash and a solitary piano twinkles while a shuffle of beats interrupt an obese mellontron as it plays out its tune.
The EP finishes with the beautiful Porters Piano. A revolving tune played on a treated piano, with snippets of grain and stuttering clicks, beeps and complimentary chirps quietly singing in agreement.
A sublime and beautiful debut.