It's time for Andy Bell to fully embrace the interstellar qualities of his music.
The guitarist has perpetually allowed his melodies to drift into outer space, his pedal rig reconfigured as a portal to other worlds.
New solo cut 'Skywalker' however makes this explicit. Taken from his solo album 'View From Halfway Down', it blends together his fondness for Beatles-esque pop with the infinite capabilities of a Neu! rhythmic chassis.
Set to be released as a full single package on February 5th, it actually owes a debt to Andy's family.
"It is dedicated to my daughter, Leia, who was named after the Star Wars princess,” explains Andy of the song. “It’s about being a parent, watching your children grow up, reach adulthood, and live their lives, and feeling unbelievably proud of them. It’s for all my kids, but inspired by my eldest. Musically, I was channelling Michael Rother and Neu! and the Roland synth reminds me of World Of Twist.”
We're able to share a fantastic 'Skywalker' remix, crafted by esteemed wyrd England synth boffin Pye Corner Audio.
Unpicking Andy Bell's pop capabilities, they seem to unleash celestial frequencies, analogue bursts of cosmic sound.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Shiarra Bell
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