Hello!

Hope you’re all going great. I’ve really appreciated the interest in A Cassowary Apart, my new collaborative album with Padang Food Tigers on Bedroom Suck. It was such an enjoyable album to make and it is great to have it out in the world. There’s still a limited number of copies available via Bandcamp (also extremely limited physical stock of Alexandra and s/t).

For anyone who might be interested in keeping up to date with what I do as well as helping out financially, I’ve finally gotten around to getting a Patreon! $5AUD per month for exclusive music, archival finds, mixes etc.

Later this month I’ll be playing a show in Brisbane, presented by the wonderful Rusted Satellites program on 4ZZZ FM. It’s at Backbone and there’s presale tickets available if you like to be prepared / want to secure a place. There’s also a possibility of a Perth show at the end of the month, I’ll pop info on the live section of this site, patreon and on the socials as things firm up.

In the meantime, here’s video of my performance at Redland Performing Arts Centre last month – really enjoyed the show.

Thanks for reading!

I’m excited to share that I’ve got a new album out this week, made in full collaboration with my friends from London, Padang Food Tigers. ‘A Cassowary Apart‘ will be released Friday 12th February, as part of their ‘Private Eyes’ series. Some more info on the album below!

“As the world was closing its doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, calendars were cleared. Amidst the confusion and apprehension of change and disorder, a silver lining of free time created opportunities and space for new musical collaborations. “A Cassowary Apart”, the debut collaborative release from Andrew Tuttle and Padang Food Tigers, is the result of such a time.

The relationship between Andrew Tuttle, Spencer Grady and Stephen Lewis of Padang Food Tigers began organically, as they had known of each other’s music before the pandemic. Tuttle jokes, “Given the size of the ambient banjo music scene, we’d been fans of each other’s music for a while. While we were chatting online, COVID hit and we decided to write a few songs.”

With other projects on hold, the album was written at respective home studios between London and Brisbane entirely over email; Andrew Tuttle and Padang Food Tigers have actually never met in person. Files were sent back and forth across different time zones, creating a collaboration that continued around the clock

“It worked really well [the time zone difference], because that way, when you woke up there was something for you…a little treat to start the day. We worked on this album on and off for about five months – or Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty-Six hours.”

The influence of COVID restrictions is evident in more than just the title (appropriately inspired by the Cassowary ‘1.5 meters apart’ analogy to be found at Cairns airport in Far North Queensland, Australia). In this project, each musician primarily used the main instrumentation from their own respective projects, but the freedom of working on something new allowed the opportunity to play their preferred instruments in new ways and with new tunings. Despite working from different corners of the world, the collaboration was so intertwined that it became murky of who did what on the record. The fusing of sonics truly exemplifies the total trust and depth of their collaborative process.

“It’s made via such distance, but that’s not a big deal.. we’ve all come to terms with distance. The approach of the record is really just the sign of the times. Although it limits us, it makes certain things possible.”

Swelling synths intertwine with banjo, lap steel and field recordings, sometimes layered with such subtlety that the listener can’t quite tell where one sound ends and the next begins. Shimmering waves of decay, reverberation and processed electronics create a space that is abundant and generous, welcoming the listener into the sonic warmth of the release.

“A Cassowary Apart” is available digitally + on limited edition vinyl through Bedroom Suck Records on February 12th, 2021.”

2020, what a year. It has been a massive change and a struggle, with so many unanticipated changes from way back in January.

I’d realised that I hadn’t posted for quite a while, so am wanting to make up for it with a little end of year post. There’s really so much to have been thankful for on the music front, the level of interest and support in ‘Alexandra’ and other endeavours has been truly heartwarming. I’ll update the bio / etc sections of the site with kind words said about the album, but here my thoughts are that – the opportunity to reacquaint with old friends and warm digital acquaintances over this year and music, and chat with new musical comrades has been the best thrill of creating, planning for and sharing an album with the world.

Given that I’ve been a little forgetful with posts here, in the immediate future, I’ve got collaborations with new friends Padang Food Tigers (LP/digital on Bedroom Suck, February) and a n t i t h e s i s (digital on Outlier, December) that I’ll share a bit about in due course, plans to record and mix more of my next full-length album and to have a proper break over the summer holidays.

Until 2021!

Thank you!