An Evening with Neil Halstead: A Truly Folk Recital | Dead Curious
Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell were in school when they formed Slowdive in , after the name They had a very intense relationship. Rachel Ann Goswell (born 16 May ) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who rose to prominence as vocalist and guitarist of the shoegaze band Slowdive, which formed in Goswell, along with Neil Halstead, Ian McCutcheon and former had debilitating balance problems which required physiotherapy for a year. While Slowdive's early singles rode in on waves of distortion that saw . Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.
What is the theme?
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- Rachel Goswell
What does it sound like? Well we can find lost songs about getting older, about relationships…I think all my records talk about time passing.
I think it sounds like a dark folk record. And what about the songwriting one? I spent like a long time recording the songs in different ways.Slowdive - Interview in Hongkong - RTHK 2014
I wanted to be really happy and satisfied about the way they sounded. I did a kind bedroom record initially and it worked pretty well so eventually I ended up recording it with a band.
My friend Nick Lowe produced the record and he introduced me to some musicians that he knew, so we ended up going to a Primary School and recording there very quickly, in 4 days. It is a very live record.
An Evening with Neil Halstead: A Truly Folk Recital
In relation to the songwriting process, there were songs quite old, like 4 or 3 years old. So I ended up compilating all these themes together for the album. Because of its live recording process.
It is a very organic record. It is close to a traditional folk record.
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Well, everything really inspires me. Places, experiences from my life, stuff that happens around you, travelling… Some of the songs are really influenced by stuff outside my life, like for example the story of a pianist that lost his arm in World War I.
I was really interested in History and some stories came up: We were surprisingly good. Quite a few of the songs came back quickly. We all just looked at each other. It was quite creepy. We will definitely be playing some stuff from Pygmalion, as we never got to play that record live before. I think the live set will be a pretty fair reflection of our career and our hits — or not hits as they were.
But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. The band was castigated in many quarters of the UK press; condemned for being well spoken and middle class and portrayed as having nothing to say. And unfortunately for Slowdive, the problems went beyond bad reviews. It sounds as if it was recorded on a boombox or a cheap portable cassette recorder. So a few months later the Pumpkin Fairies were no more, and Slowdive emerged in October of Destined to fade away into the annals of musical history totally unknown and forgotten, the Pumpkin Fairies are nevertheless important as they were the very beginnings of the musical partnership of Rachel and Neil, giving the world or at least a few dozen people in Reading a glimpse of the greatness to come.
Neil was born in Wokingham which is near Reading. We moved to a place called Sonning Common in Oxfordshire when he was small and that is where he met Rachel at School when they were about six years old.
They lived in the next road and her parents and I still live in the village. They progressed through School together and as you know they had the same guitar teacher and learned classical guitar.