Alien follows Andrew Neil's 2021 acoustic folk masterpiece Sunny Side. The lyrics are thoughtful, impactful and cover a multitude of relatable subjects: love, mental health issues, suicide, loneliness, forgiving yourself, addiction, and others.
Andrew Neil is considered an "outsider" music artist in the spirit of Daniel Johnston. A very prolific songwriter, he has penned over 400 songs since surviving a major car accident in 2009, Andrew is an independent outsider musical force. The emerging singer-songwriter taught himself how to play the keyboard and guitar by writing songs and used music to channel his intimate emotions. He has never played a cover song. Neil’s unique, almost grunge-like guitar style is a bit reminiscent of Nirvana’s unplugged concert in New York in November 1994.
In 2014 he was hospitalized due to a psychotic episode and remained in a state hospital for three years. While hospitalized he had access to a guitar and a small battery powered recorder and wrote and recorded 70 songs. Upon discharge from the hospital in 2017, he released an album called Code Purple, featuring 11 of these songs, just as they were recorded in the hospital. In 2018, Andrew recorded and released his first studio album Merry Go Round. In the summer of 2019, while recording his fourth album Freak, Andrew was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer and finished the album in between chemo treatments. He was declared in remission in November, 2019.
In June 2021, Andrew released his fifth album Sunny Side, a grunge folk masterpiece whose percussive acoustic alternative rhythms and lyrical simplicity echo a Daniel Johnston like vibe. Kathy McCarty, noted Austin singer-songwriter and founding member and co-leader of the influential 1980-'90s band, Glass Eye, penned this for the liner notes, “Andrew Neil’s Sunny Side is a revelation. The outpouring of melody and counterpoint is deeply affecting, seeming to come directly from a heart so genuine that it is almost too pure for this world. His simple lyrics can seem almost too plain; but then you find them reverberating in your mind for days afterward. This songwriter will find his audience, as Daniel Johnston did.”
Alien is done in the same style as Sunny Side, featuring just Andrew with his nylon strong Ovation Adamas Guitar. The lyrics cover a multitude of relatable subjects, love, mental health issues, suicide, loneliness, forgiving yourself, addiction and more. There is something that everyone can relate to in the nine songs on this album.
You can order a limited press edition of Andrew's Alien vinyl through Diggers Factory.