Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Track Of The Day: Black Hearted Brother - '(I Don't Mean To) Wonder'

With so many new bands influenced by shoegaze and psych-rock, it's rather fitting that one of the originals is making a return. Neil Halstead is best known as the guitarist and vocalist of both Slowdive and Mojave 3, and joining him in Black Hearted Brother are Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel, Locust, Scala), and Nick Holton (Holton's Opulent Oog). Their debut album 'Stars Are Our Home' comes out October 22, and taken from it is this wonderful lead single '(I Don't Mean To) Wonder'. As rhythms grind, a mighty wave of FX-drenched guitar surges over dusty beats and trippy vocals, serving as a fine introduction to the group. The album is available as a download, CD or 2xLP and will be released on Sonic Cathedral in the UK and Slumberland in the US, both sites now have the album available for pre-order.

Halstead and former Slowdive member Rachel Goswell will be reuniting for two special gigs in London later this month. They will perform together for the first time in almost 10 years at London’s Cecil Sharp House on 23rd and 24th October. Rachel will be one of the long-promised “very special guests” at both shows which will see Neil performing songs from across his back catalogue both solo and with a full band. 

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