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 three 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 or recorded with luminaries including Matmos, Steve Gunn, Lawrence English, Mike Cooper, Blank Realm, Chuck Johnson, Gwenifer Raymond, Charlie Parr, Dina Maccabee and screen composer Cornel Wilczek.
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.
- 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.”
- Sonic Masala: “…on Slowcation there is a innate confidence in his efforts to splice and reorder sonic structures entwined with a subversive joy in overlaying bucolic whimsy and happenstance over synthetic currents that sets this above and beyond what he has put to tape in the past.”
- Cyclic Defrost: “It is as close to an electronic ideal as you can one might expect.”
- Decoder: “…plums a particularly rewarding blend of tone experimentation and occasionally more earthy electroacoustics.”
- ATTN: “15 seconds into Fantasy League – the latest album by Australian composer Andrew Tuttle – 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.”
- Boomkat: “Curious mixture of dusty country banjo twang, drone and creamy kosmische with a sun-baked antipodean sensibility.”
- Sound Doctrine “Whorls of guitar are overcome by droning rhythms, to be overtaken by thundering organs or fluttering electronic blips.”
- TheMusic: “With washed-out sonic hums, episodes of spritely electronic melodies and even a banjo that gracefully alludes to Deep South bluesy folk without sticking out like the sore-thumb instrument it can often be, the Brisbane muso has created a lovely, wandering guide for contemplation.”
- 4ZZZ: “Andrew Tuttle may have retired the Anonymeye moniker, but he’s still rocking that mix of ambient electronics and …banjo. As always, like a Blade-Runner / Deliverance double feature…”
- Aural Aggravation: “the resultant output sounds like country music from another dimension.”
- Dying For Bad Music: “I never thought there is something cosmic in banjo based music, but Andrew Tuttle proved me wrong. When I skipped through Brisbane I fell immediately in love with the frenetic banjo playing. But when those synthie sounds whooshing across the picture like little ufos, I felt the warm fuzz of the former days of knob twiddling, that got lost with all the rush of so called “Kosmisches Gedudel”.
- Tone Deaf: ““Fantasy League is the new album from Brisbane-based producer Andrew Tuttle and it’s his best realisation yet for his intoxicating blend of modular synth melodies, folk guitar and banjo.”
- Vital Weekly: “…He doesn’t do this at random, but carefully selected sounds that work well, either in the background or more upfront. It may seem, written down like a duo of weird analogue synth sounds and warm guitar picking, an odd combination, but it works well in the ten pieces here. An excellent release.”
- Selected radio broadcast + non-English press: BBC, ABC, Rockerilla, AllMusic, Decoder, Amusio, Textura, Cyclic Defrost, A-Musik, Boomkat, 2SER, RTR, 3PBS, KAOS, WXYC, WFMU, RAI and NOK.