Somewhere between the constructs that define us and the experiences that move us forward, we learn. I am Andrew Culture. This is Mawhrin Skel. I make electronic music, often with a strong orchestral element, sometimes with a heavy techno vibe, but always a little bit left of the dial.
Fecundity by Mawhrin Skel
This is first in a series of singles that will be released over the next few months.
The sixth Mawhrin Skel release ‘Echidna’ was released on 30th December 2019 via CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN023. This is a digital only release (for now).
Echidna side A
Echidna side B
Euhedral by Mawhrin Skel
The fifth Mawhrin Skel release ‘Euhedral’ is out now on CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN022. This is a digital only release (for now).
Give me a name
Eschaton by Mawhrin Skel
The fourth Mawhrin Skel release ‘Eschaton’ is out NOW on CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN021. This is a digital only release (for now).
The third Mawhrin Skel release ‘Echelon Velo’ is out on Friday 10th May 2019 on CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN020. This is a digital only release (for now).
About Echelon Velo:
Mawhrin Skel’s third album is like a genial new friend. There are experimental elements that anyone who has listened to the first two albums (Excession and Exhotale) will recognise, but this new release captures a mood of optimism and mindfulness that is increasingly pertinent to our collective humanity. With ‘Echelon Velo’ Mawhrin Skel (A.K.A Andrew Culture) explores new neural aural pathways through jittery beats and comforting lush orchestration.This is Echelon Velo. Enjoy.
The second Mawhrin Skel release ‘Exhotale’ is out now on CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN019. This is a digital only release.
Looking out across the still waters of Iken Cliff in Suffolk there’s barely a sound to hear. The somnambulant waters of the river Alde gently lap at the sand-speckled river shore.
A couple of hundred metres away, just above the horizon of a softly swaying reed bed, Avocets drift towards an unknown destination. The ancient edifice of Iken church stands guard over a twist in the river. If you follow the gentle ribbon of the waterway beyond the church you’ll find yourself first in historic Aldeburgh, then you’ll drift by the Norman castle at Orford, before finding yourself at the mercy of the uncaring North Sea.
A barely perceptible movement of soft brown on the far shore draws your eye. You hold your breath and stand as still as possible, so as not to break this scene that nature performs for you. It’s a Godwit, a small, leggy, long-beaked bird, idly foraging in the sandy mud and shallow waters-edge.
High overhead the muffled roar of a passenger jet passes above the sparse clouds in this huge Suffolk sky. The Godwit is untroubled by this intrusion of modernity. Reassurance that despite the mechanical distractions, diversions, and obsessions of mankind, nature finds a way to endure.
You slowly lower yourself to the riverbank, sitting between two tufts of pale green ferns. This is your time, you have nowhere to be, nothing required of you. It’s time to find the peace you seek. Press play, this is ‘Exhotale’.
The debut Mawhrin Skel album ‘Excession’ is out now on CornDog Records. Catalogue number CORN018 Physical copies are available either from Corndog Records or via the PayPal button below.
‘Excession’ is the debut album by experimental electronic artist Mawhrin Skel (A.K.A Andrew Culture). Recorded on location in Cumbria and in Suffolk, ‘Excession’ is an aural journey through cultural and industrial progression.
Most tracks on the album have a strong foundation of field recordings and found sounds, manipulated to create new noise. From the rhythmic, throbbing, pulsing of the ancient Dutch barge engines in ‘Onderneming’, through the bright Scandinavian daylight of ‘Malmo’, to the anarcho-industrial mechanicals of ‘salsf’. Excession reflects the bright futurism of the open architecture of modern cities (‘Rotterdam’), while acknowledging the darker days of humanity, sung out by the mournful, contemplative trumpet and flugelhorn of ‘Last Dawn’.
The album also takes inspiration from the rural landscape in Suffolk (‘Tunstall’) and revels in the joy of loud musical expressionism with tracks like ‘Ontitlted’. Excession melds the natural world with the industrial, with sympathy and and (at times) childlike curiosity.
Excession is an album seeded by Andrew Culture’s background, playing bass in post-rock bands like ‘These Are End Times’. It was nurtured by the blossoming noise / electronica scene in Ipswich and Bury St.Edmunds (in Suffolk), and born of the optimistic joy of new musical discovery.
- Wires Hest (4.00)
- Onderneming (6.54)
- Malmo (6.52)
- salsf (2.50)
- Tunstall (3.48)
- Ontitled (6.02)
- Rotterdam (5.52)
- Corfe (6.48)
- Last Dawn (2.28)
- Recorded on location and in Ipswich (UK)
- All tracks by Andrew Culture – andrewculture.com
- Trumpet and flugelhorn on ‘Malmo’ and ‘Last Dawn’ written and performed by Mark Schorah
- Vocals on ‘Corfe’ performed by Marianne Hedge and Dominik Jahr
- Mastered by Gareth Patch – semi-echo.co.uk
- Artwork and Graphic Design by Jack Hagley – supermerger.com