Caught by the River

Dreamt In The Current Of Leafless Winter

6th January 2022

‘Dreamt In The Current Of Leafless Winter’ is a new, longform piece of work by Scottish composer and producer Andrew Wasylyk. It is an excursion through a warm, hypnagogic fog of wonder and possibility.

Wasylyk’s craft has previously been described as a “spiritual-jazz salve bathed in the cinematic”. Here he brings that spectrum of ornate, understated beauty into new territory. 

Artist Tommy Perman blends abstracted images of Loch Leven with a homemade, tilt-shift lense in his hypnotic accompanying film for the piece, explaining:

“Whilst filming last year’s ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’, the short film to accompany Andrew’s LP of the same name, I decided to develop my own form of pinhole camera lens from found materials, such as leaves and feathers. Since then I’ve been hooked on these curious, often very beautiful, lo-fi perspectives and continue experimenting with my own optical devices.

In ’Dreamt In The Current Of Leafless Winter’ I attempted a homemade version of ’tilt-shift’ photography, repurposing a lens from a broken Super 8 camera and pairing it with my SLR. Holding the lens at different angles and distances from the camera body allowed me to bend and channel light into the sensor. Quite spontaneous and very fragile, I found the process completely magical. 

Filmed across three consecutive days in mid-December 2021 on the banks of Loch Leven, the weather changed dramatically each time, presenting me with wildly differing views of the same landscape. The first day, a storm raged, whipping the reeds and water into energetic motion. The second was still and overcast, revealing delicate dewdrops clinging to leafless branches. On the final afternoon the skies cleared to a bright blue and became dominated by the early winter sun. I spent hours chasing the beams around the loch, trying to capture as much of this precious light as I could until it slipped below the horizon.”

Out digitally today.