Release Date: 20.04.2024
Format: Gatefold Vinyl
Catalog: WLR157

Genre: Electro Acoustic


Gloucestershire, UK based artist Andrew Heath returns to Whitelabrecs, following up on his album ‘Quiet Noise’ (2022) and collaborations with Simon McCorry ‘A Is For Autumn’ (2022) and Anne Chris Bakker ‘How To Breathe Like A Stone’ (2021). Andrew has also released music on labels including Fluid Audio, Disco Gecko, Audiobulb, Dronarivm, Shimmering Moods and more, through his solo output and collaborations with other artists.

Charting a lighter more open sound than recent albums, The Cloud Machine returns to and explores one of Andrew’s constant themes - his continuing fascination with and the depiction of, the simple innocence of his own childhood. In this case, a sound painting of light, radiance and naive joy through the metaphor of clouds and of a gaze drawn to the skies. From the ethereal beauty of The Cloud Machines and The Age of Enlightenment, to the memories of racing the shadows of clouds blown by the wind across fields as a young boy in Chasing Clouds, there is the ever present feel of blissful, innocence and wonderment at the beauty of the natural world around and above us.

The album explores these themes through Andrew’s use of his much loved piano and guitar and balancing them against constantly shifting, delicate and fragile electronic tones and textures. Using a lighter, more transparent tonal palette, The Cloud Machine has a gentle, blissful tone as though touching the drifting clouds overhead.


Written, Produced and Mastered by Andrew Heath

Artwork (Ghost Mills) by Zoë Heath

Art and Design by Andrew Heath



Ambient Blog: "After a spring that felt like autumn and a very wet start of summer, we finally had some warm/hot summer days here in Holland. And I immediately felt the need for some ‘cooling’ music, music like a refreshing morning breeze on a summer’s day. The Cloud Machine proved to be exactly what I needed. Its freshness, by the way, came from the sound of … rain in the first track. Oh, the irony! But it’s not only that particular recording of rain – it is also the bright way the instruments (mainly piano and guitar) are recorded, how they are embedded in subtle electronics, and also how they merge with the field recordings. The music – Andrew Heath himself calls it ‘lower case music’ – has a distinct and immediately recognizable style. And somehow I always imagine a very English landscape with it."

Slow Music Movement: "On his latest transmission for Whitelabrecs, Andrew Heath transcends his reality tunnel filters, turns his head & peers beyond his bespectacled ambient world view to a time of wide eyed, childhood innocence when all that mattered was chasing the shadows of clouds & your favourite cartoon, comfortingly entering new age of new age territory as he does."

Stationary Travels: "The Cloud Machine is a title that immediately stokes the imagination and works well to capture the essence of a musical journey which is described as “a sound painting of light, radiance and naive joy through the metaphor of clouds and of a gaze drawn to the skies.” It is Gloucestershire-based artist Andrew Heath’s musical depiction of his memories of childhood innocence and fascination with watching clouds and shadows passing over the windswept fields of his youth. As such, the album takes a lighter, more bucolic tone as compared with some of his other works. A perfect soundtracking for daydreaming under summer skies."

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