Neil Cowley Trio reunites after 7-year hiatus with new album Entity

After a 7-year hiatus that has seen celebrated and incredibly talented pianist and composer Neil Cowley delve into a solo career and other musical projects, the mighty Neil Cowley Trio will return with a long awaited album titled Entity. The outfit of Cowley and long time band mates drummer Evan Jenkins and bass player Rex Horan have dazzled us for more than a decade and a follow-up to their outstanding, thrilling and cinematic sixth album, Spacebound Apes, is very exciting news. Convening in the studio after a long pause, the three picked up where they left off and immediately felt each other out. “It is three people conversing, and metaphorically dancing together”,  Cowley says about the new record. “It is a society of friends all looking out for each other. It is difficult music to execute and therefore without the support and commitment of all the people in the room, impossible to achieve; therefore everyone gives all of themselves and leaves parts of their individual self at the door.”

Entity is out on September 20th and ahead of it Neil Cowley Trio have shared the triumphant and sublime ‘Adam Alphabet’ as the first taste of what’s to come. Speaking about the track, Cowley comments:

“The working title for this track was ‘Lipschitz’; the first random word I wrote down by way of a working title. Unbeknownst to me and by total coincidence Rex and Evan had a friend back home called Adam Lipschitz, but spelt in an overly complicated and indecipherable way; with silent consonants and seemingly useless vowels. Due to the difficulty everyone had in spelling it, his nickname became ‘Adam Alphabet’… and so without hesitation I renamed this track in his honour. I have the added bonus of being able to invent Adams character, having never actually met him, and so when we play it as a band I can invent an ever more elaborate life story for him.”

Here’s ‘Adam Alphabet’,  you’ll find it hard to stop listening to again and again.

Mixtape #143

This year saw the birth of Collisions, a supergroup comprising neo-classical composer Tom Hodge, post-rock composer Ciaran Morahan and jazz composer and drummer Ollie Howell, all three accomplished and exceptional musicians and composers in their own right, with an already expansive experimental practice. Their joint musical venture yielded its first fruits in September with the release of a majestic, immersive, and cinematic self-titled debut album that hooked us at first listen. So we're over the moon to unfold the absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring mixtape they assembled for us reflecting some of their extraordinary influences.

  1. Brambles – In The Androgynous Dark [Serein]
  2. Laurence Pike – Daughter of Mars [The Leaf Label]
  3. Neil Cowley Trio – Death Of Amygdala (Christian Löffler Remix) [Phases]
  4. Kodomo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)
  5. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Less Likely [The Null Corporation]
  6. Rival Consoles – Memory Arc [Erased Tapes]
  7. Jonny Greenwood – Tree Strings [Invada / Lakeshore]
  8. Bersarin Quartett – Staub und Sterne [Denovali]
  9. Fredric Robinson – Vamp Till Ready [BMTM]
  10. Max Cooper – Symmetry (Hidden Orchestra Remix) [Mesh]
  11. Boards of Canada – Reach For The Dead [Warp]
  12. The Dead Texan – Aegina Airlines [Kranky]
  13. Ben Lukas Boyson – Nocturne 4 [Erased Tapes]

Mixtape #78

Captained by the incredibly talented pianist and composer Neil Cowley, with long time band mates drummer Evan Jenkins and bass player Rex Horan, Neil Cowley Trio have only just put out their outstanding, thrilling and cinematic sixth album, Spacebound Apes. A long time favourite here at CTD, we couldn't hope for a better way to end the year than having Neil pick this month's mixtape. You're in for a treat! Press play to unwrap.


Neil Cowley Trio offer accompanying video for ‘Weightless’

Neil Cowley Trio - WeightlessFresh off the back of Spacebound Apes, Neil Cowley Trio are offering a new music video for ‘Weightless’, taken from the album. Coinciding with video release, they have just embarked on a number of shows in support of the album, which will see them perform at London’s Union Chapel this Thursday. Now check out the video for ‘Weightless’, featuring illustrations from DC Comics artist Sergio Sandoval.

Neil Cowley Trio premiere video for new single ‘The City and the Stars’

Neil Cowley Trio- The City and the StarsWith Neil Cowley Trio‘s impending and highly anticipated sixth album, Spacebound Apes, getting excitingly close to release, they are teasing it again with a new song, the superb and sprightly ‘The City and the Stars’. As we had previously mentioned, Spacebound Apes is a concept album lacing their music with a written story, based on an ordinary guy called Lincoln. The stories are being unfolded here up until the album’s release. Due out on September 16th via Hide Inside, the record will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats and also as an exclusive LP-sized book containing Lincoln’s full story, including illustrations and full piano transcriptions of all the tracks from the album.
Now check out the great video for ‘The City and the Stars’. You’ll want to listen to the song again and again.