Sunday, April 21 2024

Andy Smythe‘s latest single, ‘Leaves to Burn,’ adds a lively touch to his repertoire, blending catchy tunes with meaningful lyrics. It was released alongside his album ‘Poetry in Exile‘ earlier this month, showcasing Andy’s musical versatility and storytelling skills and further solidifying his status as a rising star in the London music scene.

From the outset, ‘Leaves to Burn’ caught my attention with its funky drum/conga groove, bouncy McCartney-esque bass line, and a lead guitar melody that recurs throughout the track. Thematically, Andy sets the stage for a journey through rural landscapes and introspective musings. Drawing from his own experiences working on farms in the heart of England as the inspiration for the song’s narrative, he sheds light on the challenges faced by those toiling against the elements.

While the track exudes a sense of buoyancy and joy, there’s a poignant undercurrent that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Andy deftly weaves themes of loss and emotional struggle into the fabric of the song, offering reflection on the interconnectedness of life and nature. It genuinely sounds, feels, and flows like a poem set to music, and I personally really like the effect. Andy is offering something different here and dancing to the beat of his own drum. And, to be honest, it had me wanting to dance too!

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Musically, ‘Leaves to Burn’ draws on a wonderful array of influences, ranging from the melodic sensibilities of The Beatles to the poetic lyricism of Bruce Springsteen. Particularly notable is Andy’s songwriting approach, which defies conventional boundaries by eschewing traditional verse-chorus structures in favor of a more fluid and dynamic approach. Instead, Andy focuses on the rhythm and bounce of the track and how the vocal lines are delivered within it. They are catchy from a melodic perspective but also possess a driving element that hooks you in. Additionally, at the end of each section, there’s a smooth chord and melody change to pique interest just before the now-hooky guitar line re-enters.

One of the standout aspects of the track is its lush instrumentation, evoking the spirit of ’60s pop while maintaining a modern Britpop vibe. The interplay between the vocals, lead guitar, organ, and understated backing vocals creates a rich musical landscape that is wonderful to listen to. Each element is carefully crafted to enhance the atmosphere of the song, providing depth and texture.

At just over three and a half minutes in length, ‘Leaves to Burn’ went by in a blink and felt no longer than 60 seconds! It certainly left a lasting impression and made me reach for ‘replay.’ Andy’s masterful songwriting and musicianship shine through, offering a glimpse into his creative vision and artistic sensibilities.

In conclusion, ‘Leaves to Burn’ showcases Andy’s talent and dedication to his craft, earning its place as a standout track on ‘Poetry in Exile.’ With its irresistible melodies, evocative lyrics, and rhythmic groove, this single will resonate with fans of indie folk and Britpop alike. As Andy continues to garner recognition beyond the UK grassroots scene, ‘Leaves to Burn’ will hopefully encourage more people to listen to his previous singles and also his excellent new album.

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Andy Smythe’s latest single, ‘Leaves to Burn,’ showcases his musical versatility and storytelling skills, offering a blend of infectious melodies and poignant themes. Released alongside his album ‘Poetry in Exile,’ this track cements Andy’s status as a rising star in the London music scene.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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