"Digging Shelters" - Neil Halstead

SOUNDS LIKE: Mojave 3, Nick Drake
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: One time shoegazer keeps up with his folk side with a new sparse tune

Sometimes a  simple acoustic guitar, some light plucks of an upright bass and a tickle of the ivories is all you need to make a great song.  Case in point is “Digging Shelters”, the lead song from UK songsmith Neil Halstead’s upcoming Palindrome Hunches.  Formerly a member of shoegaze pioneers Slowdive and the alt country group Mojave 3, Halstead continues a solid solo career of mournful, introspective songs.  The sparse arrangement of this song plays second fiddle to Halstead’s signature voice, deep and husky as he recounts the end of a relationship. ‘You know what’s the point in this?” Halstead asks as a piano is heard faintly off in the distance.  There’s a breakdown and a period of mourning, but at least from it comes a great song does it not?