The songs of Andrew Eaton-Lewis – as Seafieldroad and a member of the band Swimmer One – have found their way to daytime Radio One, a Hollywood movie, and numerous festivals, theatre shows and short films. He was also one of the core creative team behind the award-winning multi-media project Whatever Gets You Through The Night, performing with Emma Pollock, Ricky Ross, RM Hubbert and Rachel Sermanni, among others (a project he revived as part of the first Hebridean Dark Skies Festival in 2019).
Andrew’s music 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. 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 most recent album is After All Of The Days We Will Disappear. Released in 2019 and coinciding with a move from Edinburgh to the Isle of Lewis, the album is part reinvention, part retrospective, 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). Since Andrew’s move to Lewis he has also released a new EP, All Art is Worthless; he is planning to release more EPs 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 has released since 2002, which wryly reflect on everything from Brian Wilson and Michael Jackson to political protest and national identity.
When he’s not making music, Andrew programmes festivals, produces theatre shows, and develops new arts projects for the Mental Health Foundation and his own Lewis-based company, sruth-mara. Since 2019 he has been working for arts centre An Lanntair as programmer of the annual Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.
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
‘Humane, witty, sumptuous.’ The National
‘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
‘Captivating to the point of hypnosis.’ Drowned in Sound
‘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
‘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