Airhead is Rob McAndrews, a childhood friend of James Blake who has jammed in the studio with James and Brian Eno. In other words, yes, he is a musician. And he’s putting out a debut album, For Years on June 11 with R&S Records. Take a listen to the winsome first single, “Autumn,” below.
Matching all the pretty melancholia of the season, “Autumn” is composed of cloudy picked guitar and coy, childlike vocals. Its success is in how it sounds like something recorded outside, with the sun coming through red and golden leaves.
Airhead’s roots, however, as discussed, go far beyond the pastoral lilt and Nick Drake naturalism. Here, for example, is an old fifteen-minute mix for BBC Radio1 he put together with long-time collaborator James Blake, who is forging a new strange path through dubstep.