Atlum Schema is the name under which musician, writer and general creative busy-man Andy Mort has been performing since 2005. It has taken him to many places, in different directions and through a range of lineups. Over the past few years he has played a number of great shows and worked with a diverse range of artists such as The Enemy, Noah and the Whale, Amy Studt, 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 dark and rich acoustic-electronic, vocal-led soundscapes.
2011 saw the release of One World Less; an LP/novella, released in four parts throughout the year. Andy crafted wooden boxes, which were available at the start of the year, and filled up as each season of the project was released and delivered. You can hear One World Less on Bandcamp via the Listen tab. The wooden boxes are no longer available. But you can order the new boxset, which is a special handcut cardboard sleeve containing all four EPs. The novella will be released again as a whole in the near future.
Andy now does a lot of work promoting other artists, and writing about art, creativity and aspects of human behaviour. You can check out his written work, podcast and various other bits and pieces over at Sheep Dressed Like Wolves, which is where he blogs.
He is taking a small break from gigging and releasing material at the moment to concentrate on various other projects, but promises that 2013 will bring some exciting new Atlum Schema things.
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