A gorgeous piece of genre-bending, mythic storytelling sees former fashion model and eclectic artist Andreww explore toxic relationships in his new track “Medusa.”
Stream: “Medusa” – Andreww
There is something alluringly jagged and disjunct about “Medusa,” the second release by Dior, Versace and LV model turned musician, Andreww.
The combination of grungy guitars, 808 hip-hop beats and subtle trap elements all interweave amongst catchy pop melodies that fuse the track together. There is something about “Medusa” that feels almost impossible to place however, and this writer would argue that it is a mixture of styles that share some similarity with the vibe of an early Twilight film… (and I mean that in the best way possible!)
It’s gloomy, mythic and bassy, yet retains a certain pop-fuzz to it, courtesy of Andreww’s lead vocals and catchy riffs. This genre-bending approach is central to Andreww’s sound as he draws influence from a whole variety of artists and musical styles much like a visual artist would when mixing materials. He explains, “I see the creation of a song like an isosceles triangle made of different influences, which shifts exactly as the song demands.”
In order to fully encapsulate this eclecticism, Andreww enlisted the skillset of Berlin-based Markus Ganter for production (Casper, AnnenMayKanterei) and together they set about fashioning a musical soundscape capable of exploring the complex topic of toxic relationships.
Explaining his inspiration behind choosing this topic and why “Medusa” seemed to be the perfect title, Andreww states, “As much as people didn’t want to look at Medusa they still did. It’s the same with toxic relationships. No matter how bad they are for you, you can’t help but stay in them. ‘Medusa’ is about these toxic relationships and all the two-faced feelings that come with them. The inner conflict also reflects in the music; clashing trap, grunge and pop against each other kind of shows that things that sometimes aren’t meant to together, still end up staying together.”
Sonically the track is certainly forthright yet its fluidity seems to play against the angst and jarring themes of turmoil articulated lyrically. Indeed, it is through this juxtaposition that the track really finds its charm.
Andreww’s approach is innovative and certainly commendable. He refuses to be hemmed in by the limits of genre and as a consequence manages to craft detailed and unique soundscapes. What is so glaringly evident in “Medusa” is the way he is willing to show emotion and authenticity in his music by exposing his vulnerabilities and exploring a deeply personal topic such as toxic relationships.
As we all continue to live through lockdowns, remote working and lack of social contact we are all likely experiencing a similar period of intense reflection, making the track especially relatable and poignant at this moment. Consistently slick in all areas of this aesthetic, there is definitely a huge amount of potential in Andreww as an artist and I for one can’t wait to hear what he does next!
Stream: “Medusa” – Andreww
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