In Fantasy began slowly as a collection of thematically separate songs but when a direction began to emerge Andrew realised they were all telling a similar story. The concept centers around humanity’s descent and self-destruction as an inevitable byproduct of its nature. This is told at a personal level by exploring anger, memory, responsibility, and belief then at a global scale with resource consumption, waste and environmental decay.
More than anything, exploring these ideas through Look To Windward’s music was a way of processing and externalizing the anxiety induced by the overwhelming complexity of our collective situation. The album title might describe this state of being; the veil/fiction/fantasy we generate to filter and cope with what we believe we can’t control.
The songs ‘Early Morning Forecast’ and ‘Real Flames’ were originally written over 10 years ago for Andrew’s previous band Microfiction. Elements of these tracks were recorded over the intervening years but never completed. The musical direction taken with In Fantasy made it the perfect home for these songs so the old recordings were dug up, with the help of Jonathan Sawyer (ex-Microfiction), then rearranged and what was missing recorded.
In Fantasy also features a re-recording of the song ‘Glint’ from the Kepler EP. The track had already started exploring the lyrical ideas of In Fantasy so this album was an opportunity to improve the production quality as well.
released May 25, 2019
Produced and performed by Andrew McCully
Except where noted
Mixed and Mastered by Andrew McCully
Recorded in London, UK and Auckland, NZ between November 2017 and May 2019
With elements of Tracks 1 and 6 recorded in Auckland, NZ between 2008 and 2016
Lyrics and Artwork by Andrew McCully
Special thanks to Anne, for endless love and patience. Benjamin, for being an inspiring collaborator. James, for gear lending and inspiration. Gus, for that amazing 1974 Martin. Jono, for years of friendship and your blessings. Guy, Emily, Sam, Andy, Russell and Oli for your amazing performances. Mum and Dad, for all the support.
Andrew McCully / vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Emily Looker / vocals
Benjamin Morley / vocals
Jonathan Sawyer / backing vocals, drums (1, 6), percussion (6)
Guy Harrison / trumpet
Sam Loveridge / violin
Russell Smith / clarinet
Andy Smith / lead guitar
Alex Selman / piano (6), acoustic guitar (6)
It's just so easy for Martin Phillips, innit? Even after more than 30 years, he's writing the kind of effortless melodies that most songwriters would kill for. So this is just another perfect pop record to add to their discography. This will easily be a top 10 of the year.
Thanks Mark, love both records - couldn’t choose between them - the best of both worlds of the music you make. What would be equally as cool would be to see you dive into your New Zealand heritage on your next double record! Surely just as much history and music to be had there too. Cheers rse1985