This beautiful floating, dreamy recording sounds like Warrnambool local Andre Pangrazio communicates with whales. It’s a migration of folk songs that washes over like the spray from a Cateacian’s blowhole. Andre’s got the Angus Stones about him, long locks and delightfully moustached. His vocals seductively chilled and tender melting together with enchanting guitar plucking. Heartfelt lyrics describe the depth of life.
Recorded between Andre’s home and Old Elk Studios in Koroit, 10 odes were played and sung live as a salute to his inspirations and predecessors (John Martyn Bert Jansch and Nick Drake). Andre’s talented fingers slide expertly across both acoustic and electric. A 12 string creates a lovely droney undertone, jazzman Matt Hewson’s saxamaphone brings the perfect reed wind.
‘Black Magic’ is a love song, a tale of a first encounter with a lover, capturing “the enchanting and vulnerable aspects of the whole experience, and fantasising its seduction”, explains Andre.
A cutely candid black and white clip for title track ‘Advice for a Romantic’ has also been released. Andre enjoys moments of lounge room conversation with a knitting lady-friend, rollie cigs and urinating next to his cat before tending to his chooks.
Reviewed by Heidi Atkins