Thursday 15 November 2012 at 7:30pm
11, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN, United Kingdom
Tel: 0161 839 8726
Over the past 23 years, Neil Halstead has earned an ardent following by making intensely atmospheric music with a near-hypnotic power. Hailed by AllMusic as ‘one of Britain’s most respected songwriters’, the singer/guitarist served as frontman and primary songwriter for Slowdive (the legendary shoegaze outfit whose seminal studio albums include 1993’s Souvlaki, co-produced by Brian Eno). After its 1995 breakup, Slowdive morphed into the Halstead-helmed Mojave 3 and released a string of highly celebrated records that merged jangly alt-country with dusky dream-pop. In 2006 Mojave 3 went on indefinite hiatus, prompting Halstead to embark on an acoustic-driven solo career marked by British-folk-inspired melody and ethereal nylon-string strumming.
The follow-up to his acclaimed sophomore solo effort Oh! Mighty Engine, Palindrome Hunches finds the Cornwall-based Halstead continuing to craft moody and endlessly mesmerising folk-infused songs. This time around, Halstead teamed up with producer Nick Holton and members of Wallingford’s Band of Hope (including Ben Smith on violin, Drew Milloy on double bass, Paul Whitty on piano, and Tom Crook on guitar) to achieve a sound that’s both remarkably rich and piercingly intimate. Rounded out by Holton and Aimee Craddok on backup vocals (as well as banjo player Kevin Wells on two tracks), Palindrome Hunchesbears an uncommon warmth that Halstead partly attributes to its recording’s setting and strategy.
Support comes from Daniel Land. Daniel has released six albums and a series of EPs across his various projects and collaborations - Daniel Land & The Modern Painters, Engineers and riverrun. The most recent Painters release, The Space Between Us, won plaudits from Mark Radcliffe at Radio 2 and Guy Garvey at 6music, and for this special performance, Daniel will be playing some stripped down versions of old songs and new works-in-progress, accompanied by one of his Modern Painters bandmates.
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