Feeling a little down? Maybe a bit transcendental? Well we have got just the ticket for your weeping eyes. Welcome to the world of Holy Hum. A transitional masterpiece, starring Andrew Lee, sets the stage for an emotionally arresting performance with the release of his latest album All my Bodies. With lengthy ambient ballads and vibrating vocals, Andrew has a way of creating so much space without drowning out the message behind each song, actualizing the vastness through his vocal delivery and vintage synth tones, he mimics the feeling of reaching the mountain top. Holy Hum is the birthing of a new era through loss and defeat.
One of the most well orchestrated albums of the year, All My Bodies melds the electronic with the analog, painting an ambient, self reflective portrait of Andrew Lee’s life. Understanding the context behind his music, the listener becomes connected. You are encountering his thought process as he recounts the trials and comprehension of the loss of his father. Andrew shows prestige in letting go of the physical being of his father. There is beauty in his emotion as he lays everything on the line, it is laudable and completely vulnerable in this way. In return, the listener lifts their head up high in admiration to pure strength. Strength in letting go. He has the uncanny ability to promote hope and self-worth through deprivation and anxiety, which is beautiful.
Andrew is able to conjure an eruption of his own disposition from a swelling ocean of nuances. His song White Buzz, a twelve minute swirling score, chatters like a beat up fan. Around and around, angelic hums seems to stop time. Suddenly, a cacophony of a guitar solo tears though finely drawn synth components, creating a divide between the beautiful and the ugly. It is simply captivating. Performing live, the tones he generates are explosive. Using a variety of synths and machines, Andrew Lee’s impassioned soundscape will send you into a spiralling circus within your mind. He has a way of bringing your buried memories to light and shaking the hell out of them with the massive tones that he generates.
Due to the many moving parts of Andrew’s machine, all his performances are unique. “I kind of like the chance element” Andrew remarks, “nothing is consistent, I enjoy working like that”. As a solo artist Andrew sees that there are benefits and losses to working like this, saying “the great thing (about working as a solo artist) is that I am never wrong, but I am also accountable if I f*** up”.
If you have a chance to see Holy Hum live, do it. You will not be disappointed. Anyone with a sliver of appreciation for music will be able to grab a hold of Holy Hum. He will be performing at The York Theatre in Vancouver on April 21st.