Andrew Wasylyk | The Paralian


In 2018, Andrew Wasylyk was invited to create music on a restored, 19th century, Erard Grecian harp. The result was a luminous, creative genre-bending album.

A1 – Through The Field Beyond The Trees Lies The Ocean
A2 – Greendrive #2
A3 – Journey To Inchscape
A4 – (Welter) In The Haar
A5 – Dreamt The Breakers Spill
B1 – Flight Of The Cormorant
B2 – Westway Nocturne
B3 – Mariner’s Hymn
B4 – Adrift Below A Constellation
B5 – Unsurfacing

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Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. In 2018, Andrew was extended a residency invite from arts centre and historic house, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland to create new music for their restored, 19th century, Erard Grecian harp.

During Wasylyk’s five-month sojourn he created melodies and progressions echoing the building’s unique relationship with the looming North Sea horizon. Using not only the harp, but the house’s original grand piano, Andrew explored the Angus landscape and beyond, gathering field recordings on trips to neighbouring Seaton Cliffs and Bell Rock Lighthouse (the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse).

Winter slipped into spring, and harp-led compositions gave way to an ambitious third, full-length album, exploring a range of themes utilising a broad palette of instrumentation, including flugelhorn, euphonium, oboe, string trio, vintage synthesisers, drones and upright piano.

From the wandering, Bob James-esque, Fender Rhodes and shimmering strings in the study of coastal light, “(Welter) In The Haar”, to the plaintive brass and farewell transmission blowing through, “Adrift Below A Constellation”, punctuated by the fragility of Wasylyk’s sole lead vocal of this collection – “The Paralian” (a dweller by the sea), is a conclusion embued with blue and golden melodies that land in a territory akin to experimentalists such as Robert Wyatt and Brian Eno.


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