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When Neil Halstead left the heady shoegaze swirls of Slowdive, he first set up camp as a British Americana artist with Mojave 3 and then as an unsettlingly intense singer/songwriter with a solo career that drew comparisons to Nick Drake for his low-key, smoky vocal delivery and somber arrangements. Each solo album has altered things ever so slightly, adding instrumentation and altering gaits. With 2012's Palindrome Hunches, Halstead again strips the sound down to the studs. Violins occasionally color his world, as "Love Is a Beast" brings together a mesmerizing weave, but the focus is mostly on pianos, acoustic guitars, and Halstead's unhurried delivery. "Digging Shelters" is as simply beautiful as a sunset, with a guitar fingerpicked to perfection. "Full Moon Rising" chases the same beautiful melancholia of Mark Kozelek at his finest. "Sandy" adds an extra harmony to complement the violin's weepy melody. By the time you reach the modest bounce of "Hey Daydreamer," you've likely forgotten that Halstead has another gear. Beautiful throughout.

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Best N.H. Yet!!

His best album, now just need an all acoustic album, just him and a guitar or two!!!


This is currently my favourite albums and it's one of the best acoustic-folk-indie-something-or-other albums I've ever heard. I highly suggest you acquire this somehow and listen to it, it's stunning.


A fantastic album start to finish. Probably my favorite NH album alongside Oh Mighty Engine. As goos as this album sounds, it doesn't compare to hearing Neil and Co. live. I had the pleasure in small guitar shop in Santa Monica and the new work was stunning. Do yourself a favor, buy the album and see him live if you can.


Born: October 7, 1970 in England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Since releasing some of the finest shoegaze singles and albums of the early '90s with his band Slowdive, Neil Halstead has slowly become one of Britain's most respected songwriters. While Slowdive had more to do with sounds than songs, the transition that band made into Mojave 3 in the mid-'90s allowed Halstead to further emulate the largely late-'60s-based folk-rock songwriters with whom he had become enamored. Along the way, Halstead did something of a tightrope act by earning comparisons to those...
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Palindrome Hunches, Neil Halstead
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music, Rock, Alternative
  • Released: Sep 11, 2012

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