Andrei Rublev was a Russian painter of religious icons, who was canonised as a Saint in 1988. It’s also the name of an excellent new song by The (as yet not canonised) Vryll Society.
Clocking in at four and a half minutes long, "Andrei Rublev" is a walk on the psychedelic side, complete with a wandering guitar line that meanders throughout the song, snapping back into place at periodic intervals to let the vocals dominate. A guitar solo towards the end of the track feels like the culmination of this, being given just enough room to breathe, before reigning itself back in. A masterclass in crafting a longer than average song, without overstaying your welcome.
With "Andrei Rublev" The Vryll Society manage to push their boundaries without falling into self indulgence. Not a second of the track feels wasted, with the balance struck just right to give a feeling of genuine expansiveness, whilst still sounding tight and focused. It’s well worth a listen, just don’t expect it to sound as saintly as its namesake.