Neil Halstead

One night while in the studio with Neil Halstead a friend questioned him as to what kind of music he played. Neil’s extremely thick beard turned into a smile as he said “Nylon Rock” before laughing and turning back to his beer. A description that offered little clarity to the asker, but to it seems perfect: a self effacing term to help him deal with the fact that he, a former shoegazer, was making a solo record and his main weapon was simply a nylon string guitar and a couple of shakers.

In the late 80s Neil fronted a band called Slowdive, and after a couple of really good records they split. From there Neil formed his current band Mojave 3, who have released 4 records on 4AD with a few more to come, we hope. Hard to find 2 bands with more critical accolades, and at the core of those bands was Neil and his songwriting. Oh Mighty Engine is the name of Neil’s newest solo record & it is a record that can handle excessive listens and seems to absorb every mood. Neil recorded this record partially at The Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles and the rest in his hometown of Newquay, Cornwall. He surfed in the mornings, and drank beer and recorded with various friends in the evening.

Time Out has called Neil Halstead "one of Britain's greatest songwriters"; NME said he wrote "the kind of honest, heartfelt love songs men are too scared or too cool to write these days". Neil is an old soul and his newest solo record is exactly who he is. Welcoming, warm, clever and kind.