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  • Vinyl (16 Sept. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hide Inside Records
  • ASIN: B01IJHJJWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Heavyweight vinyl, includes download code, 8-page booklet with extracts from forthcoming Spacebound Apes piano book and Lincoln the Ape sticker.

'Spacebound Apes' is the sixth studio recording from Neil Cowley Trio; a concept album that weaves a glorious soundtrack of breathtaking music around a magical, thought-provoking tale.

Hypnotic passages create heart-pounding suspense while sweet, whispered themes create heart-shattering empathy. Bold, bombastic tunes create drama, and in a departure from the trio's usual acoustic setting, electronics orchestrate desolation and despair.

Widely acclaimed as a dazzling composer, Cowley demonstrates his flair for bold, dynamic, emotional music with cinematic themes that has an enormously broad appeal. The trio have, over their ten year history built a reputation as being one of the genres most captivating live bands performing in a variety of genre-crossing settings.

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"(4 stars) An outlandish concept that allows Cowley to give full rein to his rich musical imagination...undoubtedly the pianist's most impressive album to date." --Mojo

"(4.5 stars) This is music of the highest quality and might just be the finest album of Cowley's career to date. Highly recommended." --All About Jazz

"(4 stars) Impressive, accessible stuff." --Evening Standard

"(4 stars) Mighty tunes that stir the soul and calm the savaged breast...joyously massive...breathless beauty." --Jazzwise

"(4 stars) Atmospheric, emotionally charged music is stupendous...Extraordinarily expressive." --R2 Magazine

"Lavish enormously ambitious, inspiring fare." --Clash

"Atmospheric from the first note to the last, It's wholly engrossing." --Record Collector

"You'll want to listen to the song over and over again." --Cast the Dice

"Truly cinematic...epic" --Next Bop

"A fascinating..terrific...great album...really, really interesting!" --Radcliff & Maconie, 6Music

"A really, really wonderful track... I absolutely love this." --Lauren Laverne, BBC6Music

"I'm a big fan...beautiful...brilliant as it always is." --Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"Shades of Debussy, Glass, OMD and Satie abound on this arpeggio-filled journey to a foreboding, icy planet." --Buzz Magazine

"Big, bold and anthemic. It hits you hard, then hugs you tight...a pop/rock/jazz instrumental masterpiece." --Downbeat (USA) Editors Pick

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Seen them on this tour. 1st time able to see them in 10 tears. Fantastic. Great mix of tracks and grooves. Grace ...10 billion hits by now? Incredible.
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A departure for NCT, love it
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Saw them live at the Capstone Theatre Liverpool 26th Feb 2017 - Stunning, 2.5hours went by in a blink of the eye. This new album is beautiful.
Thoroughly recommend this album.
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A lovely little bit of psychedelic hipster (judging by the beards and cool graphics) jazz featuring a minimalist combo of piano, acoustic bass, drums, a few oohs and aahs from a distant choir and an echo pedal. There's a story going on which starts with our hero being strapped down and forcibly catapulted into inner space (quickening heartbeat, followed by celestial calm), encountering various epiphanies and forms of turbulence and returning to earth a changed ape. Considering the meagre forces deployed, the Neil Cowley trio do a pretty good job of out spacing Pink Floyd on a disc which is always accessible and only ever so slightly boring if you've just developed a taste for confrontational avante guarde jazz. (which I have). The first two tracks alone ate well worth getting stoned for.
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Sublime, dynamic and deep beyond words. This is Neil Cowley Trio at their awesome best. Do yourself a favour and stick a big pair of headphones on, put on this album and sail headlong into space. If nothing else, play Grace and stop in awe.
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A radical departure for the boys here. Much more subtle and infinitely more delicate than previous offerings - which are also all superb. Great playing from all concerned although Evan J is somewhat less prominent than usual. Needs careful and repeated listening on a good sound system to fully appreciate its nuances - it's not going to register 100% first time around. As one reviewer put it, it's the Neil Cowley Trio Jim, but not as we know it. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
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