Neil Halstead

Born 7 October 1970.
Neil Halstead

Biography

Neil Halstead (born 7 October 1970) is an English musician, described as "one of Britain's most respected songwriters" by AllMusic. He was a founding member of Slowdive, a band often associated with the shoegazing musical genre. Following the disbanding of Slowdive, Halstead along with some other members of Slowdive (including longtime friend and musical collaborator Rachel Goswell) formed Mojave 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. 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.

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  1. Review of Sleeping On Roads

    Sleeping On Roads

    Reviewed by Niky Daley
    If this search produces such ethereally melodic songs, let's hope he doesn't find what...