Andrew Tuttle is a best-kept secret of the Australian underground – a songwriter, composer and improviser who has shared stages with Matmos, Julia Holter, Forest Swords, Steve Gunn, Ryley Walker, Calexico and many others, a world traveler and artist in residence.
Tuttle’s fourth studio album Alexandra, released on Room40’s Someone Good imprint in May 2020, represents a true sonic landscape and is a musical reflection of the Brisbane resident’s childhood growing up in Alexandra Hills, an outer pocket the city he calls home. His live and recorded works exist serenely and purposefully in a space where the five-string banjo and the six-string acoustic guitar weave in and out of processed electronics. Like time-lapse photography, it unfolds its colours and textures with an astonishing gracefulness and wonderment.
To date, Tuttle has released four studio albums via the Room40 label family and performed in Australia and Europe; with festivals, concert halls and galleries such as Cafe OTO (London), Melbourne Recital Centre (Melbourne), Paradiso Noord (Amsterdam), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), MONA (Hobart), Botanique (Bruxelles), Le Bourg (Lausanne), Galeria ZDB (Lisboa), BIGSOUND (Brisbane) and HeK (Basel, CH) hosting performances that are acclaimed as a unified audio-video body of work.
An intermittent yet enthralled collaborating musician, Tuttle has previously performed with luminaries including Matmos, Steve Gunn, Lawrence English, Mike Cooper, Blank Realm, Chuck Johnson, Smoke Bellow and Padang Food Tigers.
Andrew Tuttle dwells in a between world of ambient and folk genre that feels like a community all of its own. Holding a space that is abundant and generous, Andrew Tuttle makes outsider music that turns its listeners into insiders — beckoning a journey inwards which unfolds many heart-opening moments along the way.
- MOJO: “Joyful and full of subtle vigour, it’s the perfect headphone-heard walking companion when you don’t want lyrics crowding your thoughts.”
- The Quietus: “In each composition, there’s an unwavering cinematic quality in the crispness of the production and the ease in which the arrangements flow.”
- Dusted: “…retains a compact compositional approach that moves between ideas and passages in a slow but deliberate way.”
- Raven Sings The Blues: “There’s a natural awe to the album, that’s expressed between the patient notes that Andrew and his collaborators concoct.”
- Folk Radio: “Using his guitar and banjo, he dispels any notion of staying within the norms of most recording artists, boldly blending strings, horns and synths in the unlikeliest of ways.”
- Boomkat: “Beautifully serene widescreen vistas from Andrew Tuttle… This one’s on a sun-bleached and countrified tip somewhere between Calexico instrumentals, The Hired Hand OST and Brian Eno’s ‘Another Green World’.”
- The Moderns: “Four albums in, Andrew Tuttle continues to push the limits of ambient guitar music: this time out he adds banjo, fiddle, sax, trumpet, cello and more, all to great effect.”
- AllMusic: “His tones are sharp but rarely abrasive, and he applies a stunning array of effects and filters while retaining the music’s earthly, human qualities.”
- ATTN: “…a banjo springs into the frame, dancing jubilantly atop a slow-swelling drone, swaying over the synthesiser haze like plant life indulging a summer breeze.”
- Flush The Fashion: “Andrew’s album is one of these creative passports that will take you to new places that you never knew existed. That’s not a bad start to the week, or the rest of your life.”
- Tome To The Weather Machine: “In this synchronized swim between electronic and acoustic instrumentation, Andrew Tuttle is able to coax out the most sonorous elements of both – riding that golden mean where the two become indistinguishable.”
- Textura: “…the meeting between analog and digital worlds: acoustic folk, in the form of picking, strums, and tremolo-laden shudder, and kosmische psychedelia, in the form of synthesizer burble that flows constantly through Tuttle’s tracks.”
- Dying For Bad Music: “I never thought there is something cosmic in banjo based music, but Andrew Tuttle proved me wrong.”
- Selected radio: BBC, ABC, RTE, RNE, RAI, NOK, ORF, NTS, 4ZZZ, 2SER, 3RRR, RTR, 3PBS, FBi, KAOS, WXYC, WFMU.