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.
Brambles – In The Androgynous Dark [Serein]
Laurence Pike – Daughter of Mars [The Leaf Label]
Neil Cowley Trio – Death Of Amygdala (Christian Löffler Remix) [Phases]
Kodomo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Less Likely [The Null Corporation]
Rival Consoles – Memory Arc [Erased Tapes]
Jonny Greenwood – Tree Strings [Invada / Lakeshore]
Bersarin Quartett – Staub und Sterne [Denovali]
Fredric Robinson – Vamp Till Ready [BMTM]
Max Cooper – Symmetry (Hidden Orchestra Remix) [Mesh]
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.
Fresh 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.
With 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.
Neil Cowley Trio released the outstanding Touch and Flee a couple of years ago and they are ready to follow it up. The outfit of pianist / composer Neil Cowley and long time band mates drummer Evan Jenkins and bass player Rex Horan have announced the release of Spacebound Apes, a concept album lacing their music with a written story. “This is a project I’ve been working towards for a long time”, explained Cowley, “it takes in themes of guilt, loss and longing with a few twists along the way. It’s been utterly immersive yet incredibly exciting. And yes, I’m not ashamed to say it, it’s a concept album!”.
The diaries of Lincoln, based on an ordinary guy who writes a blog, is being unfolded over the coming months and you can read it here.
Unlike their previous efforts, Spacebound Apes sees them widening their usual acoustic setting to embrace electronics, giving the record its dramatic, emotional, and cinematic flair.
The album will see the light of day on September 16th via Hide Inside, but we can already hear a cut from it, the enveloping and delicate ‘Grace’.
To celebrate the album’s release, Neil Cowley Trio will perform the album in its full glory at the Union Chapel on October 27th. The trio will also be joined by special guests, including producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams on guitars and FX.