Andrew Sheldon is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in New Jersey. For a decade, he’s utilized mediums from digital recording to cassette tapes to explore themes of time, evolution and ephemera. His ambient project, “moon watcher,” shares its name with the ape who conceives an innovative use for a femur in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — a technological leap the director connects thematically to a communications satellite in the film’s famous jump-cut spanning thousands of years. The music couples melodic themes mixed with ambient improvisation that unfolds through pieces and weaves disparate movements together.

Most recently, Sheldon began a new project called “mt. shasta,” a reference to both the myth of the lemurs and Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which evokes an unavoidable degradation. Taking a more tampered approach to ambient noise than with his moon watcher project, Sheldon blends the atmospheric electric guitars with traditional acoustic folk songwriting, disparate qualities that blend to emphasize the themes of impermanence and loss in the lyrics.

Sheldon’s recent move from his bedroom to a studio space represents his growing interest in the relationships between music and community. The aim is to create a space that fosters collaboration as opposed to the isolation of a bedroom. He's dubbed the studio “The Sandbox” in recognition of a musical and personal influence who reminded him that call it “playing” music for a reason.

Listen:

mtshasta.bandcamp.com
moonwatcher.bandcamp.com