Bottom Line is the third single to be taken from Year 0, which is the follow up album to One World Less, a four-part conceptual work that was released in conjunction with a novella, The Prisoner in 2011.
Wrecking Ball – the second single
Help Me (if you can) – the first single
You can download these previous releases (including the other singles from Year 0, on Bandcamp here. It would be great to have your support.
I have spent the past two and a half years developing new perspectives on the fragile nature of human existence, helping care for a friend who was tragically diagnosed with a rapidly debilitating and imprisoning form of Lewy Body Dementia in 2011. During this time I took an inadvertent step back from writing and performing music.
Little did I know that a new project was bubbling and taking shape under the surface all the while. During this period I have built this ever-growing blog and podcast (Sheep Dressed Like Wolves). And it is largely thanks to the website that Year 0 has found a platform from which to launch.
The album came together over just two weeks in the summer of 2013.
It confronts themes of loss, the frailty of the human body, the potential strength of human spirit and the absurd attention and importance we collectively give to futile things. Initially intended as a stripped back, acoustic record, it grew through the recording process into an ambient spirited, reflective, electronic exploration of the human condition. It is about discovering within the past the inescapable clues to the mysteries of the future, and that every passing moment is a new opportunity to change things. Year 0 gets its full release in early 2014.
You can listen to/download/buy all three of my previous albums from Bandcamp
What others have said:
‘Dramatic electro-political folk.’ - The Guardian ‘F*** ME!! Passionate, gorgeous epic songwriting: a MAJOR new talent’ - Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)
‘Atmospheric, sweeping soundscapes and haunting lyrics, make this a must have album, of fine contemporary music, we can’t recommend it enough.’ - Elegant Savages Magazine
‘Andy’s daring and innovative approach to creating and releasing modern music has proved him and his alter-ego Atlum Schema to be a bright beacon in the depths of British music today – watch out.’ - Bearded Magazine
‘This is the sort of album that is either going to disappear without trace and be picked up on in 20 years time as a lost classic or it might just make its way onto this year’s Mercury Prize list. Either way give it a listen now. You will be intrigued and impressed.’ - New Sound Wales
‘Atlum Schema may well be the best talent you don’t yet know.’ - Banquet Records
‘Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!…when I played your album it was like an aural bombshell. You deserve mega sales and a major deal. Brilliant!’ - John Rivers, Woodbine St. Studio