Spacebound Apes is a concept album. A delectable, inspiring story woven together with some of the most breathtaking music that pianist/composer Neil Cowley has created.
“This is a project I've been working towards for a long time” he says, “it takes in themes of guilt, 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!”
From start to finish, Spacebound Apes is an exercise in atmosphere and emotion. Hypnotic passages create suspense while sweet, whispered themes create heart-shattering empathy. Bold, bombastic tunes create drama and, in a departure from the trio’s more usual acoustic setting, electronics orchestrate desolation and despair.
London-born Neil Cowley studied classical music until his mid-teens when he turned his back on formal education to join an old-school RnB band before going on to tour with the Brand New Heavies, Zero 7, and forming his own successful chill-out production duo, Fragile State. In 2005 he returned to his first love, the piano, and formed the Neil Cowley Trio with Australian Rex Horan on bass and New Zealander Evan Jenkins on drums.
Widely acclaimed as a dazzling composer of dynamic and cinematic music, with Spacebound Apes Cowley reaches for the sky in an ambitious multi-layered outing and musically confident statement, to present quite possibly his crowning glory.