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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

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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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