An album recorded by a Liverpool Hope University musician during the Covid-19 pandemic is set for eye-catching vinyl release.
Neil Campbell is the Creative Campus Venue Manager at Hope, responsible for overseeing the Capstone Theatre and other performance spaces.
But away from the university, Neil also composes and performs his own music and has released a series of albums - including 2019’s Last Year's News and 2018’s After the Flood.
Now Neil is about to launch a new collection of tracks, called The Great Escape, recorded during, and inspired by, the turbulence caused by a global virus outbreak.
Neil describes the album as including ‘twelve original multi-layered compositions which exude the atmosphere of a travelogue with airy arrangements and jazzy chord progressions’.
It’s the result of a collaboration with producer and engineer Jon Lawton, of Crosstown Studios Liverpool.
And throughout the album, Neil performs almost all of the significant number of instrumental parts himself, with Norwegian drummer Viktor Nordberg at the sticks.
Speaking about the concept of the album, Neil adds: “The idea of calling the album The Great Escape whilst ensconced on an island in the throes of Brexit and a lockdown, was that, despite being detained, when we listen to music at least we can escape psychologically.”
The album is to be released on Klee Music - described as Liverpool’s ‘most eclectic music label and publisher’ - in December 2021 and will be Neil’s first-ever vinyl album release.
Meanwhile the limited edition 12 inch gatefold vinyl will also include a digital MP3 copy of the album, too.
Klee Music says of the recording: “Not many labels have the absolute privilege to have a world class virtuoso performing their craft in partnership with them. Neil Campbell’s ‘The Great Escape’ is musical testimony to that brilliance.”
It’s not the first example of praise for Neil’s work.
The prolific songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson, who has his own show on BBC 6 Music, described Neil’s performances as ‘music of serious quality and distinction’.
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