Short BioA Musical Snapshot
Welcome to the creative orbit of Canadian musical chameleon Andrew McPherson, an artist moving seamlessly from the producer’s chair to that of the songwriter, project leader, multi-instrumentalist, remixer and DJ. In all of Andrew’s musical incarnations can be heard a consistent through line of meticulous craftsmanship, fearless experimentalism, inventive ideas and a soulful statement of purpose. Whether in his copious production work, 3 solo albums Mixing up the Medicine, Phoenix at the Wheel and Lefty Singer, award winning, global fusion project Eccodek or in the plethora of remixes and side projects, the ‘master soundscaper’ is at the centre of a provocative and diverse body of work.
But like any fidgety musical mind, Andrew has never been content to sit in one place. And so it is that he launches his next venture, his latest solo album Lefty Singer. Having nurtured his dubwise global fusion project Eccodek to international acclaim with a 2009 Juno nomination, multiple Canadian Music Awards, an appearance on the world famous Buddha Bar compilation series and a rare Canadian exclusive as part of National Geographic’s GeoRemix initiative, it was time to return to that place where only a singer alone at the microphone can go.
The delicate musical focus of Lefty Singer provides a poignant contrast to the epic, widescreen pallete of Eccodek’s 3 releases. (More Africa in us, Voices Have Eyes and Shivaboom) With Lefty Singer, the songwriter arms himself with his rich baritone, poetic and introspective lyrics and points his peculiar pop lens on the things that make us tick: loss, heartbreak, starting over, getting even and cosmic connection.
Developed over the last 2 years in between a diverse production schedule, Lefty Singer is built on a foundation of acoustic instruments and Andrew’s voice stripped bare. The album’s intimate tones suggest a unique brand of songcraft, with hints of muted electronica, vocal layering, flashes of harp, violin, harmonium and other curious musical bedfellows dropping by. The texturally rich, 10-song album is marked not only by an uncharacteristic male rendering of Bjork’s classic Unravel but also an economy of musical arrangement and lyrical style not fully evolved on his previous solo outing, Phoenix at the Wheel.
So dig deeper into Andrew’s musical vortex for which critical praise has been cited by among others, Boston Globe, All Music Guide, BBC, Global Rhythm, Ottawa Citizen, ABC News.com, Toronto Star, Popmatters, Now Magazine, eye weekly, Exclaim!, San Francisco Bay Times, Alarm, CMJ, Flaunt Magazine.
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