After nearly a decade as a member of the world-renowned dance music group JUNGLE, Andro Cowperthwaite is here standing on his own. The London-based Liverpudlian, whose stage name is simply his first, ANDRO, started releasing solo music in 2018. Since then he’s journeyed along experimenting with shades of alternative, R&B, and pop along the way. At times, not sounding unlike his Northern compatriots The 1975, nor American 90s legends like Boyz II Men, ANDRO seems to have found a sonic comfort zone in a space that is both smooth, yet brooding.
His most recent campaign has culminated in the form of an EP, Conflict. As a whole, Conflict showcases three songs that represent disputes and obstacles, like the title suggests, from past, present, and future – a form of musical delivery that has worked before. Perhaps Conflict is further evidence for how this time-acknowledging medium may be a productive way of communicating a vision in a musical era as quickly-paced as the 2020s. Whatever the case, Cowperthwaite seems to be invigorated in his current ambitions – away from past accomplishments and only looking forward – which is ultimately the form of a true artist.
Words by Andy Gorel
Photos by Jakub Koziel
“When people listen to these songs, I hope that they find themselves meshed in the lyrics and the experience of conflict – and hope – that so many of us have had in our relationships to others and ourselves.”
“The 3 tracks on the EP, symbolise Present, Past and Future conflicts. ‘Natural’ is the present, ‘Physical’ is the past and ‘New Home’ is the future.
I think the tracks are powerful enough to stand alone, and as a 3 – it’s the triquetra of conflicts that we experience in our everyday lives through work, love, family, friends and more.
‘Natural’ represents the conflict in myself and romantic relationships. ‘Physical’ represents the emotional, literal-physical conflict between my parents and how that affected me. And the 3rd single, leading the EP – ‘New Home’ represents the conflict with my future, finding my space in the world, the industry and also facing homelessness.
When people listen to these songs, I hope that they find themselves meshed in the lyrics and the experience of conflict – and hope – that so many of us have had in our relationships to others and ourselves.”
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