This Andrew Wasylyk article was written by Niall Webster, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Andrew Wasylyk is a Scottish singer/songwriter and an accomplished musician and producer. Having previously only featured on albums with Idlewild and The Hazey Janes amongst others, ‘Soroky’ is his debut solo album.
Wasylyk’s musical style is similar to that of The Hazey Janes and has a feel of late 70’s/early 80’s rock ballads. His vocals are reminiscent of Geddy Lee from Rush, and it’s a voice that effortlessly lends itself to ballads as well as other styles of music. ‘Soroky’ was recorded at an idyllic location on the Isle of Mull in just five days.
It feels like a very personal album with powerful lyrics. The lead track, ‘The Last of the Loved’ is a strong song that takes you on a melancholy journey, describing the depression caused by a lost love. It has a haunted quality that stays with you.
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‘Calgary Bay’ brings with it a change in gear; a more upbeat tempo, along with the greater use of guitar and drums. It shows the diversity of Wasylyk’s musical repertoire while not losing the integrity of the previous three tracks.
‘Gravestones in the Summer Sun’ shifts in style once more, starting with a gentle acoustic guitar before being joined by an equally mellow vocal. The music increases in intensity throughout, building up to a powerful finish. ‘Soroky’ is an enjoyable album, with changes in pace and style that could appeal to a wide variety of people with diverse tastes in music.
‘Soroky’ is a ten track album and will be available in limited edition vinyl and digital formats. ‘The Last of the Loved’ is available on free listening through Soundcloud. Wasylyk will be embarking on a ten date tour in November to promote the new album.
‘Soroky’ is out on the 6th November 2015 via Empty Words.