Neil Halstead

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Neil Halstead
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Neil Halstead performing at The Faversham, Leeds on 22 September 2008.
Background information
Born (1970-10-07) 7 October 1970 (age 43)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, shoegazing, dream pop, folk
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts Slowdive, Mojave 3, Black Hearted Brother

Neil Halstead (born 7 October 1970) is an English musician, described as "one of Britain's most respected songwriters" by AllMusic.[1] He was a founding member of Slowdive, a band often associated with the shoegazing musical genre.[2] Following the disbanding of Slowdive, Halstead along with some other members of Slowdive (including longtime friend and musical collaborator Rachel Goswell) formed Mojave 3.[3] Mojave 3 are stylistically distinct from Slowdive and may be regarded as British country/folk. Halstead is the principal singer and songwriter in Mojave 3 and also plays guitar.

In 2002, 4AD released his debut solo album, Sleeping on Roads. Following his departure from 4AD, a second solo album, Oh! Mighty Engine was released by Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records on 29 July 2008. The album was partly recorded in Johnson's solar powered studio in Los Angeles before being completed at a Second World War airfield in Britain. The Guardian has compared Oh! Mighty Engine to the work of Nick Drake and Bert Jansch.[4] Halstead has said of his solo work that it's "really good doing something on my own", having been in Slowdive then Mojave 3 since he was 17 years old.[3]

Halstead's third solo album, Palindrome Hunches, was released on 11 September 2012.[5] In October 2013, Black Hearted Brother, Halstead's collaboration with Mark Van Hoen, released their debut album, Stars Are Our Home.[6]

Halstead was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, but is now based in Newquay, Cornwall.

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Sleeping on Roads
Studio album by Neil Halstead
Released 2002
Length 48:19
Label 4AD
  • Sleeping on Roads (2002, 4AD)[7][8][9]
    1. Seasons – 5:23
    2. Two Stones in My Pocket – 4:27
    3. Driving With Bert – 6:17
    4. Hi-Lo and in Between – 4:47
    5. See You on Rooftops – 6:34
    6. Martha's Mantra (For the Pain) – 5:11
    7. Sleeping on Roads – 4:17
    8. Dreamed I Saw Soldiers – 6:20
    9. High Hopes – 5:03[8][9]
  • Oh! Mighty Engine (2008, Brushfire)
  • Palindrome Hunches (2012, Brushfire)

Other work[edit]

Equipment[edit]

A detailed gear diagram of Neil Halstead's 1993 Slowdive guitar rig is well-documented.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Neil Halstead". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  2. ^ Gourlay, Dom (2009-04-22). "DiS meets Neil Halstead". Drowned in sound. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Neil Halstead profile". 4AD. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Jude (2008-12-09). "Riding a new wave". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Neil Halstead Official Website". Neilhalstead.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  6. ^ "The AllMusic Blog | Features, Lists, Stream & Download, Promotions". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  7. ^ Sleeping on Roads - Neil Halstead, AllMusic. "Release Date: January 28, 2002; Duration: 48:20"
  8. ^ a b Neil Halstead: Sleeping on Roads, Amazon.com. "Release Date: January 28, 2002; Label: 4AD; Copyright: 2002 4AD Ltd; Length: 48:19"
  9. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Sleeping on Roads by Neil Halstead. "Released: Jul 01, 2001; ℗ 2001 4AD; Length: 48:19"
  10. ^ Cooper, Adam (25 April 1999). "Neil Halstead's 1993 Slowdive Guitar Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.

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