• Andy Stott - Never The Right Time

Andy Stott - Never The Right Time

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Essential piece in the series of Andy Stott albums on Modern Love, continuing the constant, Stott-particular style of pushing the fringes of electronic / soundsystem music to new boundaries

"It’s been a decade since Andy Stott released ‘Passed Me By’, a radical re-imagining of dance music as an expression. What followed was a process of rapid remodelling: ‘We Stay Together’ (2011 / slow and f*cked, for the club), ‘Luxury Problems’ (2012 / greyscale romance), ‘Faith In Strangers’ (2014/ destroyed love songs), ’Too Many Voices’ (2016 / 4th world Triton shimmers) and ‘It Should Be Us’ (2019 / the club, collapsed) - a run of releases that gradually untangled complex ideas into a singular, chaotic body of work - somewhere between sound-art, techno and pop.

In early 2020 - with a new album almost done and an offer to produce for a mainstream artist on the table - personal upheaval and a pandemic brought everything to a sudden standstill. Months of withdrawal eventually triggered a different approach. recording hours of raw material; slow horns, sibilance, delayed drums, wondering flutes - whatever, whenever. 

With vocals recorded by Alison Skidmore, the album was finally completed late last year- taking on a different shape. Its songs desolate, melancholy, defiant, beautiful - often all at once. The sounds echoed music around Stott during those months: Prince, Gavin Bryars, A.R. Kane, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Robert Turman, Cindy Lee, Leila, Catherine Christer Hennix, Junior Boys, László Hortobágyi, Nídia, Prefab Sprout - the unusual /  the familiar.

 Echoing that mix of new and old, each of the songs on ’Never The Right Time’ is woven from the same thread despite following different trajectories; from the lovelorn shimmer of opener ‘Away not gone’, to the clattering linndrum pop of ‘The beginning’, through ‘Answers’ angular club haze, and the city-at-night end-credits ‘Hard to Tell’. These are songs fuelled by nostalgia and soul searching, but all hold true to a vision of music making as a form of renewal and reinvention. A 10 year cycle, complete."

You know what time it is...

2LP served in printed sleeve.
Mastered by Rashad Becker, pressed to highest standard at Pallas.

1. Away not gone 05:26
2. Never the right time 04:56
3. Repetitive strain 04:18
4. Dont know how 04:59
5. When it hits 01:23
6. The beginning 04:30
7. Answers 04:49
8. Dove stone 05:31
9. Hard to Tell 04:40

Away Not Gone

Never The Right Time

Repetitive Strain

Don't Know How

When It Hits

The Beginning


Dove Stone

Hard To Tell