ALBUM REVIEW: The Other Master by Andrew Reddy

By: Derek Spencer

“I’m da bad man.  I’m da bad man.  You fuck with me? I’ll make you sad, man.”

We sat down with Andrew Reddy, aka Ireland-based music producer Andrew Reddy, to talk about his 2014 full-length release: “The Other Master”.

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: Give us a brief bio of yourself.  Where do you come from?

Andrew Reddy, aka music producer Andrew Reddy: Shall I compare myself to a universe?  Posture as to the origin, the moment where timelessness turned into timeliness?  Shall I sweep all the chaotic particle and metaphysical elements surrounding my existence into a concise idea, strictly bound between heavy letters and cumbersome words?
I will begin with birth, as it is the rational place to start to answer such a question, even if it is an entirely dishonest answer.  I was birthed, as many have been, from a canal, riding down a landslide of viscera and amniotic fluid.  It was this trauma that first taught me that pain is real.  I oft think back to this moment when composing sick tunes.
My mother was a dairy maid, my father the CEO of a modest tech start-up.  When I was 5 I saw them in coitus through a cracked door, one hand on the udder, the other on the mouse. When I was 10 I had an existential crisis involving a Halloween decoration and an overwhelming sensation that things had to come out of me so that I may feel complete.  when I was 12, I sat on the pavement through a monsoon, praying that I would be bludgeoned to death with the flying wicker-corpse of a small island community.
Throughout my years, I have always smelled things that weren’t there: rotting raccoon fur at mother’s Thanksgiving dinner table, gas leaks in the Everglades.  I have always loved inanimate objects while men and women pinned away for my affection, grasped at my feet as I walk over them to embrace a lovely pile of bricks.

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: I like your album art.  Is it supposed to make people happy, sad, or both?

Andrew Reddy, aka music producer Andrew Reddy: I think when I drew it I wanted people to feel pretty sad, but then I feel like it made me kind of happy when it was done.

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: What is music?

Andrew Reddy, aka music producer Andrew Reddy: Music is the collection of melody, rhythm, tempo, harmony, beat, feel, water, tune, and soul. The more important question is ‘what is music for?’  In that regard, I have fewer answers.  My friend says that music is for baiting comets into greet us and warm our homes.  I sometimes wonder if music is the mind’s response to the body’s aimless dance.  This might be a question that the scientists never figure out, I’m afraid.

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: Can you hum one of your tunes for us?

Andrew Reddy, aka music producer Andrew Reddy: Yeah.
One man alone a push a hump inna yuh (Hum Hum)
Nuh bag a man nah jump inna yuh (Hum Hum)
Gynecologist nuh find nuh lump inna yuh (Hmm Hmm)
Nuh man neva bruk off nuh stump inna yuh (Hum Hum)
Or Trump Tower Donald him a reel fi yuh (Hum Hum)
And surgeons dem all a cling fi yuh (Hum Hum)
Man all a tek poison pill fi yuh (Hum Hum)
Congress a pass a bill fi yuh (Hum Hum)

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: Who is the bad man?

Andrew Reddy, aka music producer Andrew Reddy: “I’m da bad man.  I’m da bad man.  You fuck with me? I’ll make you sad, man.”

I will literally just review whatever music you send me: Thanks, Andrew.

Bottom Line: Andrew Reddy’s psych-ambient collection offers listeners an ever-expanding array of distant noises and disassembled melodies.  Summoning images of expansive plains under night sky, The Other Master’s atmospheric landscape is both affecting and tedious, disconcerting and comfortably experimental.  Outstanding tracks include Urizen Wept, with its gratifying bass harmonic-, synth-, and woodwind-centric crawl, and Ossuary, an ephemeral near-20-minute-track pieced together from feedback, acoustic plucking, and mediated electronic noise.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s