The songs of Andrew Eaton-Lewis – as Seafieldroad and a member of the band Swimmer One – have found their way to daytime Radio One and a Hollywood movie, as well as festivals, theatre shows and short films. He was also co-creator of the award-winning multi-media project Whatever Gets You Through The Night.
All this activity sprang from a teenage obsession with music that resulted in his first 38 ‘albums’ – almost 40 hours of unreleased home recordings made between the ages of 15 and 21. Andrew’s music since then has won widespread acclaim from critics, who have variously compared it to Prefab Sprout, John Cale, Belle and Sebastian, the Pet Shop Boys, Virginia Astley, and the Blue Nile.
His most recent album, After All Of The Days We Will Disappear, was released in 2019 and coincided with a move from Edinburgh to the Outer Hebrides. Part reinvention, part retrospective, it is a collection of new songs and old songs made new, exploring the various ways in which human beings move from one place to another – from a city to an island, from childhood to adulthood, through the seasons of the year, and from life to death (the title is an attempt to describe death by Andrew’s four-year-old son). He will release a new album in 2021.
To mark the release of After All Of the Days We Will Disappear Andrew began writing All of the Days, a series of short essays inspired by all of the songs he had released since 2002, which wryly reflect on everything from Brian Wilson and Michael Jackson to political protest, national identity, Britpop and racism, Scottish independence, portrayals of death in children’s films, and gangster movies.
Some nice things people have said about Andrew’s solo work:
‘A lovely album. A late contender for one of the best of the year.’ Gideon Coe, 6 Music
‘It’s the sort of record that they – the Mark Eitzels and the Paddy McAloons – used to make… an adult pop record with heart and brains.’ The Guardian
‘He crafts songs that sound like minimalist classical composers working on adventurous ballads for REM. This album will either win the Mercury Prize or vanish into cherished cult obscurity. It’s so good it deserves no compromise in between.’ Sunday Herald
‘As irresistible as a warm hearth on a snowy day, these songs do for Scotland’s east coast what the Blue Nile’s did for the city of Glasgow.’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Humane, witty, sumptuous.’ The National
‘The songs glow with a sense of sincere, melancholic wonderment… An album to get lost in.’ The List
‘A heartbreaking and delicate album… a great piece of work.’ Sunday Mail