Widely acclaimed as a composer of dynamic, cinematic music and having "genuine vision" (The Sunday Times), pianist Neil Cowley presents his latest creation, a bold exercise in atmosphere and emotion; an ambitious multi layered outing that is quite possibly his most musically confident statement to date.
Spacebound Apes – Cowley's sixth studio album with his trio – is a concept album; a glorious, hypnotic soundtrack to an out-of-the ordinary, thought-provoking tale of one man - Lincoln - an everyday kind of guy whose unfolding blog reveals a bizarre story that culminates with the album release and show. This intriguing and inspiring story is woven together with some of the most impassioned music that Neil has created.
"This is a project ‘I've been working towards for a long time" Cowley says. "It takes in themes of guilt, fear, 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. It sounds a bit cryptic, but hopefully everyone will come along for the ride."
Spacebound Apes musically charts Lincoln's journey. Hypnotic passages create heart-pounding suspense while sweet, whispered themes create heart-shattering empathy. Bold, bombastic tunes create drama, and in a departure from Cowley and his trio's more usual acoustic setting, electronics orchestrate desolation and despair. And while the inclusion of a choir brings an emotional depth of mammoth proportions, it's the epic finale, "The Return of Lincoln," that stuns and silences.