The project by UK songwriter and producer, Andy Mort.
Year 0 is the product of two and a half years spent developing new perspectives on the fragile nature of human existence.
Andy helped care for a friend who was tragically diagnosed with a rapidly debilitating and imprisoning form of Lewy Body Dementia in 2011. During this time he took an inadvertent step away from writing and performing music. The new project was bubbling and taking shape under the surface.
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.
Watch the videos from the Year 0 launch show here:
Over the years he has played a number of great shows with a variety of lineups, and a diverse range of artists such as The Enemy, Noah and the Whale, Lanterns on the Lake, Two Door Cinema Club, Post War Years, David Knopfler, Duke Special, Cocknbullkid, and Son of Dave to name a few. Such an eclectic selection of artists shows just how difficult it is to pigeonhole the unique sound that Andy has developed with his haunting and rich post-rock soundscapes.
What others have said about Atlum Schema:
‘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