Andy Smythe – “Poetry in Exile”

Andy Smythe’s new album, “Poetry in Exile”, is a brilliant example of his special talent and commitment as a multi-instrumentalist. As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Hard to be Human’, Andy, once again, intrigues with a self-produced second album, containing thirteen expertly arranged and composed songs. What makes “Poetry in Exile” unique, is its elaborate synthesis of vintage pop/rock with the intimate ponderings of Smythe’s ‘inner world’, akin to the emotional depth and artistry found in the works of legends such as Lennon/McCartney, Nick Drake, and Rufus Wainwright.

Every track is a trip into Smythe’s introspective lyricism, backed by his skillful utilization of a large number of instruments bringing complexity and warmth to the sound of the album. This compilation, however, not only solidifies Andy Smythe’s position in the small market of vintage-inspired music but also is proof of his maturing skills as a songwriter and musician. “Poetry in Exile” is a touching, captivating listen that remains with the listener, drawing them into the wonderful world of Smythe’s musical and lyrical brilliance.