Andrei Rublev is a new luscious, bleary-eyed psych rock single by Liverpool band The Vyrll Society. A simple and resolutely downcast piece of psychedelia, the record precedes the release of The Vyrll Society’s debut album, which is out this summer.
The track Andrei Rublev, released through famed Liverpool indie music label Deltasonic Records (The Coral, The Zutons, The Rascals), is inspired by Andre Tarkovsky's 1966 arthouse masterpiece of the same name. Small doses of lysergic guitar tones, wonderfully meandering vocals and emotive drum beats come together to create an emotive and gloriously visual tribute to the unique piece of cinematic art.
Compared to some of their previous, more upbeat indie creations, this song sees the band slow down the tempo to create a more contemplative, melancholic atmosphere. It is a real turn off your mind, relax and float downstream moment from the five piece troupe. The opening of Andrei Rublev greets listeners with carefully paced, gentle drumming, accompanied with intricate psyche guitar lines, which drift effortlessly through the whole song. Frontman Mike Ellis’ calming lead vocals are as mellowing as they are hypnotic, dominating in the chorus and then snapping back in period intervals, giving the tune just enough time to breathe. The heavier side of the band creeps in at the end with shimmering keyboard sounds and a biting guitar solo, but even at the loudest parts of the single, the music still has a languorous and ambient quality.
You can certainly hear the influences from the recent wave of popular psychedelic artists such as Tame Impala, yet at the same time, there is a rawness that is reminiscent of that ‘90s psych revival sound of the Stone Roses and The Coral, making this album teaser even more exciting. If Andrei Rublev is anything to go by, we can certainly expect to hear great things on the debut album from Liverpool’s latest psych-pop quintet.
Words by Dean Robinson