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WATCH: New Black Hearted Brother
Laurie Tuffrey , October 8th, 2013 11:12

First spin of the video for This Is How It Feels from forthcoming debut LP; band member Neil Halstead set for solo shows in London later this month

On October 21, Black Hearted Brother will be releasing their debut album Stars Are Our Home via Sonic Cathedral.

The band comprise former Slowdive and Mojave 3 man Neil Halstead, who released his excellent third solo album Palindrome Hunches on the label last year - read our Quietus Interview with Halstead around the time of that record's release here - together with electronic artist Mark Van Hoen, who's recorded in various guises, most notably Locust, as well as being a one-time member of Seefeel, and Nick Holton of Coley Park and Holton’s Opulent Oog. They're long-time collaborators, having worked together on Halstead's solo debut, Sleeping On Roads from 2001, with Van Hoen also co-producing a trio of Mojave 3 LPs and Holton lending his production skills to Palindrome Hunches.

The name of the game was to embrace the various sonic approaches each took - says Halstead of the album: "The idea was to just make a record that was in some ways 'unedited', to not worry about a particular sound or style, but to just go with the flow."

And as such, album cut 'This Is How It Feels' collides a plaintive verse, Halstead's voice hooked around the warm glow of analogue synth chords, with a glorious uplift of a chorus, voices barely emerging from behind a swell of earth-shifting guitars and organ lines - have a watch of the video above and head over to Sonic Cathedral's website to pre-order the album.

In further Neil Halstead news, he'll be playing a couple of shows at London's Cecil Sharp House on October 23 and 24, featuring a guest appearance from Slowdive/Mojave 3's Rachel Goswell and pete Greenwood in support; full details and tickets are here.

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