Seattle-based electronic producer Andrew Sutherland returns to Hush Hush with 'Heal,' his fourth release under the Secret School moniker. The 8-track album once again showcases his exceptional production skills, weaving intricately detailed beats, pulsating rhythms, and warm atmospherics through an expansive and cinematic landscape. The lush, moody, and deceptively sleek tone established on his previous album – a 2014 self-titled record that marked his debut on Hush Hush – is still on full display, yet 'Heal' explores unexpected terrain along its journey. Secret School’s instrumental prowess continues to shine bright, yet this time his arrangements are enhanced with the re-emergence of his own voice, an element that was largely relegated to the background on his previous album. No longer serving as merely an instrumental garnish, the significance of his voice plays a powerful role behind the emotional motivation and intimate narrative of the album.
'Heal' emerged the same year Secret School’s father was diagnosed with throat cancer. This difficult news was coupled with the birth of his second child in Seattle. With a newborn at home, Sutherland was unable to visit his father while receiving treatment in his home state of Vermont. During small pockets of time late at night... more
released August 5, 2016
Written, programmed, and mixed by Andrew Sutherland.
Recorded in Seattle, WA, Somerville, MA, San Diego, CA + Hyderabad, India.
Guitar architecture and additional mixing by Dan Robinson.
Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering.
Cover photo by Jarvi Kononen.
Text layout and design by Cara Jennison Sutherland.
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