neureille is my current music project – in theory it’s a band it’s generally what I call my music if someone else is playing it with me and it’s also the name I use to release it to the wider world
here’s a few tracks from the albums
the airman’s prayers
children of the sea
The Wishing Well
True V Eye 2013
Rain Yellow Flowers
Scary For Crows
surd rime 2014
Die Andere Seite
there’s quite a gap between the demise of sinking sun king and the birth of neureille, some 17 years or so. I have got music that covers that period but there is not so much of it. it’s a long hiatus but perhaps that was a good thing. actually there is quite a lot of it really and I think it might improve with age like a fine wine.
approximately from the start of 2007 I was preparing to record and that eventually became disparue. I’m not sure exactly at what point the name neureille was decided on. I wanted something that was mysterious and also that had a european feel to it, because I am european and actually I’m basically internationalist but at the same time aware of where I come from. sometimes people have asked me recently “what country does your music come from?” – “is that brazilian music?”. usually when I get these questions I’ve been playing a long time and I’m tired and not very rational or precise. but here’s what I should have answered.
it’s british music because I’m british but when I first started to really appreciate music and listen to it properly I was listenening to music from all over the world. this was long before the term ‘world music’ was evolved, imrat khan was one of my favourite musicians in about 1970 or 1971 for example. I’m lucky to have seen imrat once, he’s a genius. if you take the track children of the sea which is on disparue that was an attempt to sound something like john coltrane’s my favorite things. when I wrote that in the early 70s I didn’t appreciate that coltrane was absorbing african influences in what he was doing. now I can hear that my song has got an african feel to it, but I didn’t even realise that when I was writing it. hey ho.
part of the british music that is important for me is related to the ufo club in tottenham court road in the late 60s. but there’s also the elizabethan composers tallis taverner blitheman byrd etc and then later the 20th century people like vaughan williams delius warlock howells and bridge. but also the folk songs that I spent hours playing over and over again on the recorder songs like north country maid ye banks and braes caller herring ash grove drink to me only my dame hath a lame tame crane.