“Exceptional. The lyrics and vocals absolutely shine...simply one of the strongest, darkest, most original lyrics I’ve heard all year”
– Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)
“Amazing dramatic electro-political folk.”
– The Guardian
Atlum Schema is the music-moniker of Midlands-based artist, Andy Mort. The Arrow of Time EP is his 5th studio release and is seasoned with a rawness and vulnerability combined with lyrics that bear his soul and dance with the fragile and haunting melodies. The EP draws on influences from Dry the River and Elbow to David Lynch.
Andy joined forces once again with John
Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio (The Specials, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller) in Leamington Spa, where the eponymous 2009 Atlum Schema album was produced. This collaboration yielded the results he was after; the EP boasts a more expansive production with a broadening, widening, and heightening of the classic soundscapes that have become synonymous with so much of Andy’s previous work. He reunited with Ben Munday (guitars and bass), Luke Roberts (drums), and Claire Russell (trumpet), to continue developing the distinctive Atlum Schema sound that has evolved since 2005, when Andy started experimenting with a loop pedal and a computer in his bedroom.
Underpinning this release is the left-field sideline job he took on in 2015 as a part time undertaker. This role has had a clear influence on his latest work. This is at its starkest in “Best Days” and “Tomorrow”, where themes emanating from the job appear to play a
role. Grief, entropy, the choices we make and the learning we do from history, as well as the mystery of time itself have all underpinned the creation of this record.
Over his career to date Atlum Schema has shared has shared the stage with The Enemy, Noah and the Whale, Lanterns on the Lake, Two Door Cinema Club, Post War Years, David Knopfler, Duke Special, Cocknbullkid, and Son of Dave. He has played gigs such as New Slang (Kingston), Godiva Festival (Coventry), and Live at All Hallows (Leeds).
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