“A voyage into a wider world of atmospherics. Exquisite” – Metro
“…slow-motion hymns, working within deliberately constricted melodic phrases but always wringing out a quiet grandeur and a beautiful sadness.” – The Guardian
Since disbanding his eponymous trio and becoming a solo artist in 2018, pianist Cowley has introduced elements of ambient, electronic and neoclassical music into his sound, having established himself as an esteemed pianist, composer and producer. In 2021 came Hall of Mirrors, Cowley’s magnum opus, his first solo album and the truest realisation yet of his unending love affair with the piano. Recorded in Berlin, the album featured piano arrangements filtered through a prism of production tricks, with support from Clash, Mojo and Uncut plus radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3. Returning to the stage, Neil celebrated the Hall of Mirrors release with a sold-out show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall in May 2021 and ended the year with a two-night residency at London’s Southbank Centre.
With a unique visual backdrop of vintage TV sets, Cowley inhabits his personal musical playspace on stage surrounded by keyboards and electronics, in a captivating display of artistry and showmanship.
His new album Battery Life is released on 24th March 2023 and the Spring sees Neil tour extensively in the UK and Europe.
Additional Press for ‘Hall of Mirrors’ (2021):
“A delicate show of restraint” – MOJO ★★★★
“Sensitively showcases…dynamic textured pieces” – Uncut 8/10
“A record that distorts, delights, and entrances” – Clash 8/10
“Stunningly beautiful. It’s a must-listen” – Louder Than War 4.5/5
“A comforting and life-affirming record of glowing beauty” – Future Music 9/10
“A beautiful record” – Electronic Sound
“Neil Cowley has made a habit of making important albums throughout his career and Hall of Mirrors is certainly no exception” – Under The Radar
“Incorporates technology and the joys of electronics into this reflective set. Investigate” – DJ Mag