The tracklisting for Andrew Bayer’s “If It Were You, We’d Never Leave” has been revealed on the album’s holding page HERE. A new audio preview of the track "All This Will Happen Again" has also been added to the page.
Ahead of the album’s release on 15 April, Andrew shares some of the inspirations behind the album.
"My second album "If It Were You, We’d Never Leave" is presented in three different movements. The first section is dark, brooding, angry, distorted, and chaotic. Through the chaos we have the same delicate instruments I’m using later on in the record, such as toy piano, music box, and strings, but they are layered with metallic tones and swampy textures. The next section is sample based, airy, and dreamy, produced like a classic hip-hop record (a la J Dilla). Then the third section is introduced by "Gaff’s Eulogy" and sets the tone for clean, punchy beats interspersed with epic chord progressions, builds, and euphoric breaks.
This album as a whole was a total experiment, and a self-realization piece that slowly evolved. For years, I have listened to sample based hip-hop and thought how jealous I was of these incredible producers and their sampling repertoire. I just simply didn’t have the same sort of musical background these cats had, and always felt like I’d never be able to learn how to sample records like they did.
One day, I sat down and decided to sample music I love, and that speaks to me. So I did. I wrote a track based around samples from Sufjan Stevens. My friends didn’t think it was half bad, so I ran back into the studio the next day and sampled Ane Brun and Deb Talan: two incredible female singer songwriters whom I learned about at Berklee. I had these three tracks going and realised there was no looking back at this point. It wasn’t even a choice really at this point, I knew I had this thing that I had to get out. I hadn’t written selfish music in a while, and this felt really good to do. It was music for me, and about pictures and places in my life.
I am thrilled that people are enjoying the previews so far, and can’t wait to share the rest of the record with you now.” Andrew Bayer
Pre-order the album from Anjunastore HERE. Everyone who pre-orders the album will also be entered into a draw to win the origami unicorn from the album’s cover.