Permanence is the name of the new album by the musician/producer Guy Andrews, whose work lies predominantly in the sphere of abstract electronic composition, crafting sonic textures which brood as they do blossom. Released on September 16th, the record will be followed by an ambient counterpart [MT][NT][ET] on 11th November, with a further release of remixes by Kevin Drumm to follow early in 2021.
After a short hiatus, a prologue to the album called "Twenty Seven Inches Of Mercury" has been released, which channels Guy's evolving compositional process and resourcefulness when looking for inspiration.
There is an honesty, openness and raw nature that defines Guy’s music, which has always been guided by his emotional responses to events in his life. Permanence is the evolution of his sonic storytelling, going deeper into Guy’s psyche and exploring his own genius loci or spirit of place. Permanence is part of a personal evolution and realisation of what is important to Guy, discovering that making music as a means of creative expression is far more meaningful than simply succumbing to an internal pressure or to the commercialisation of being creative.
On Permanence, Guy pushes his creativity out of his comfort zone, leveraging sound design with composition to further express his own ‘language’ of textures (rather than lyrics and melody) to articulate feelings and to process life experiences. Every layer of sound carries purpose and meaning. The resulting record is an autobiographical stream of consciousness designed to be listened to as one continuous long-playing piece of textural music, and for the audience to draw their own sense of meaning.
Guy explains, “Permanence is a body of work inspired by and written during a period of positive personal growth, as much as it is of loss and grief. It is a body of work that symbolises and articulates the constant evolution of relationships, people and places, that are essentially non-permanent fixtures, but can amalgamate to form a wider sense of permanence in life. The concept of change is significant here, in that, permanence can be a dynamic framework that change can operate within.”
He continues, “The messages and meanings behind the works were fine-drawn into the music. I slowly came to realise that these sonic textures I had been creating in adult life circled back to me expressing myself as a young child. I would sit at my late father’s piano – the instrument he’d play in the room below to aid me to sleep at night – and press the keys to try and articulate textures, shapes and colours through self-expression. I recognise now that I was trying to communicate and reconnect with him, the people around me, and the emotions I was feeling, which I couldn’t quite express with words at the time.”
This idea of encouraging listeners to engage on their own terms also extends to the process of creating the artwork. Guy commissioned Totnes based artist Jenny Frances to provide a visual, subjective response to the music. Both Permanence and [MT][NT][ET] will be offered as an art print alongside the digital album release. You can find Jenny at www.jennyfrances.co.uk