THERE are few generational shifts as profound as losing one’s parents.

Of realising, in the opening words of Andrew Eaton-Lewis’s new record, that “it’s just us now”.

After All Of The Days We Will Disappear, the Lewis-based musician’s first album in five years, addresses various transitions: moving from the city to an island, nature’s shifting seasons and going from being a young dad to a senior figure in the family.

“The title came from my son when he was four,” says Eaton-Lewis, previously known for his output with Swimmer One and solo project Seafield Road.

“He’d lost both his grandparents in fairly quick succession and death was on his mind a lot. One day he said: ‘Daddy, after all of the days we will disappear’, which I thought was really lovely.”

Humane, witty and very catchy, the album explores grief and growth through new songs such as Medicine, a recent single with a video depicting scenes from Eaton-Lewis’s move from Edinburgh to Lewis, and new recordings of older songs such as closer Dead Orchestras, a reworking of the title track from Swimmer One’s final 2010 album.

“Dead Orchestras is wondering what will be left of me,” he says. “If my kids ever hear all this music, will it mean anything to them?”

Album centrepiece is Enchanted/Alright, a sumptuous medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific classic and Cole Porter’s It’s All Right With Me, with additional vocals from Joanne Richardson, childhood friend Martin Bainbridge and Eaton-Lewis’s wife Laura Cameron-Lewis.

The originals held special significance for Eaton-Lewis’s parents, whose deaths in 2014 and 2017 inspired him to finally release a record under his own name.

“For my dad, the soundtrack to the night he met my mum was Some Enchanted Evening,” he says. “For my mum it was the Cole Porter song, about it being the ‘wrong time, wrong place’. It was something of a family joke but it said a lot about their relationship.”

He describes his latest work as his “sixth album, his 44th album, and probably his final album”.

The first 38 comprise around 40 hours of unreleased material he recorded between the ages of 15 and 21. Then, as now, songs wouldn’t be worked at – they’d arrive from nowhere.

“You hear about it more in Gaelic culture, of people channelling music from somewhere they don’t understand,” says Eaton-Lewis, who will launch the record with a set at Faclan festival.

He adds: “It makes you check your ego, you realise it's nothing to do with you. If new songs come, great. But this may be it, this clearing out the cupboards.”

November 1, An Lantair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, 10pm, free. Tel: 01851 708480.

After All Of The Days We Will Disappear is released on October 28