Perri and Neil - Then

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"if there was any justice this album would be on everyone's lips as it is a bona fide classic and I love it!" - Alan Hewitt, The Waiting Room

“Perri & Neil have come up with a truly delightful album. The combination of Perri’s impeccable voice and of Neil’s fluid guitar makes this an album to enjoy. And an album that can be enjoyed on several listening levels… Every note, every space is crystal and transparent. Simply, this is a classy album that with the right interest/promotion could be a major seller!” - Bob Mulvey, Dutch Progressive Rock Pages

“[Perri and Neil have created] … a new genre, unique to them, forged from fires of pure emotion and musical talent of two extraordinary musicians, conjoined as one constellation… While there are elements of jazz, this is not jazz as I know it… musical structures are tightly controlled, while vocals flow between poetry and prose, sometimes pure notes, lyrics are drawn from deeply considered thought; this is fusion of two very different musical backgrounds, both highly intuitive, which inform and enhance each other to conceive a new whole.”
- Chumki Banerjee, Mudkiss [review of the Then album]

“Fragrant, harmonious jazz, which plays upon their strongest cards, Perri’s rich, full-flavoured tones and Neil’s impeccable fingerstyle chords and solo lines……..the future looks very bright for this mellow and talented team.” - Keith Ames, The Musician

“It’s beautifully crafted, beautifully played and sublime” - Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside

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released April 4, 2012

Musicians:

Perri Alleyne-Hughes – vocals
Neil Campbell – guitars and assorted instruments
Jennifer John – harmony vocals on track 7
Ogo Nzeakor, Jennifer John, Kaya Herstad Carney & Sarah Noufal – harmony vocals on track 9
Philipp Moll – bass on tracks 1, 3 and 9
Joey Zeb – drums on tracks 1, 3 and 9
Paul Riley – bass on tracks 2 and 5
Colin Lamont – drums on tracks 2 and 5

Produced by Perri Alleyne-Hughes, Neil Campbell and Andrea Wright
Engineered by Andrea Wright at Parr Street, Liverpool and at Aeriel Studios, Wrexham
Mastered by Pete Maher at Top Floor Music
Photography by Joanne Roberts
Design by Darren Mann

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Neil Campbell Liverpool, UK

Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine as 'an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics.'

His work traverses many musical styles including minimalism, progressive rock, jazz and ambient music.
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Track Name: Beyond Words
beyond words / beyond doubt / the path of our love works its beauty out
on this earth / in our hearts and minds /heaven at our finger tips / heaven in your smile
beyond you / beyond me /what we are becoming / what our love will be
in your touch / and in your voice / where every single moment is reason to rejoice
beyond words /beyond doubt /the course of our love works the magic out
never fades /never ends / the spiral of the universe weaves its light again
and again / and again /and again
Track Name: Both of You
for aziz and jamal

there’s nothing that compares with the love I have for both of you
you’re precious, beautiful and you burst with affection
I look down at your shining eyes and cute expectant faces
demanding the treasures of learning to fill the corners of your childhood places
I’m in awe when I see you make your first discoveries
I’m filled with mirth brought on by first pronunciations
and I thank you for your love for me
my love to you is unconditional
I’m so proud, so honoured to be the mother of the both of you

I watch you grow too fast, you’re my babies still
the time will come too soon when innocence has had its fill
you each have different ways, you’ve gertrude’s smile, you’ve michael’s agility
who knows from where you both acquired that certain stubborn streak?
through you I can relive some of the moments of my youth
I’m astonished at the ease my mother’s words come tumbling out from me
and I thank you for your love for me
my love to you is unconditional
I’m so proud, so honoured to be the mother of the both of you

I promise to try my best, show patience and be nurturing
hope I’ve learned from errors made in the course of my upbringing
want to protect you from life’s harms for as long as I am able
I shall fight for your right to good health
and a safe and glowing future
the forces of life and living and learning and loving are formidable
the songs you sing, the laughter you bring, makes life so wonderful
and I thank you for your love for me
my love to you is unconditional
I’m so proud, I cannot believe I’m the mother of the both of you
the mother of the both of you
Track Name: Sunday Song
on these long winding lanes that make up life’s journey
I’ve met some lovely people on the way
but I will never forget the day our paths crossed
and we felt compelled to walk together, so many things to say
and as we walked the cloudy skies turned blue
then we came to a lake we felt urged to explore
and the thought of diving in with you
was the most exquisite feeling I could not ignore
I turned and kissed your hand, your cheek, your mouth
you took my breath away by the shore
so we dived down deep into that lake submerged in that beautiful water
we rose to the surface, breathed in the air
I looked across at you drenched in sweetness
the light that shines from you is what I want in my heart
and I want to dive back in again and stay there with you

we’re sitting on the shore of love
and deciding where the next path will lead us
I want to hold you safe in my arms
and take you to the place where my soul lives
and as we walk the cloudy skies rain tears
‘cause the pain would be unbearable if we were to part
in you I’ve found a treasure beyond all measure
I’m in love with you, my inspiration, my heart
we rose to the surface, breathed in the air
I looked across at you drenched in sweetness
the love that shines from you is what I want in my life
and I want to dive back in again and stay there with you
forever
Track Name: Clouds
I’ve been walking under clouds too long, so long
hiding my feelings under shrouds too long, so long
don’t let the rain fall down, fall down
I’ve been lying to myself too long, so long
I was singing someone else’s song in the dark
don’t let the music fade from our hearts

but since our first moments I’ve been sailing high /over the breeze and beyond the sky
out into space and beyond the stars /out of my life and into your arms

I’ve been drifting in and out of view, out of view
sometimes I disappear completely into you
don’t let my heart sleep on into the day
and let our love drift away

but since our first moments I’ve been sailing high /over the breeze and beyond the sky
out into space and beyond the stars /out of my life and into your arms
Track Name: Walking with the Sun
I’ve been talking in my sleep again
you’re in my dreams, you’re in my heart
and I’ve been wishing that that the time will come
when I can get through this night and wake up in your arms

I’ve been playing such a dangerous game
pretending I was some place else
but in my heart it’s never been more true
‘cause when I think of you I start to lose myself

‘cause when I think of you / when I think of you
you make me feel like I’ve never felt before
and when I talk to you / and when I walk with you
it’s like walking with the sun that’s come down from the sky to warm this cold heart of mine
Track Name: Dream of You and I
my world is turning once again / and suddenly I find I’m smiling all the time
like I’m living in a dream / a dream of you and I

‘cause you, you wake me up inside / with a joy I cannot hide
You make me feel alive / you make me feel
like I’m living in a dream / a dream of you and I

no other feeling on earth could be like this
helpless moments longing for your kiss
but when I sleep tonight a dream of you will light my heart
my life...
...is singing to your heart /don’t let the music stop
my body magnetised / you wake me up inside
like I’m living in a dream / a dream of you and I
Track Name: Surround Me
when the night draws in / when the light wears thin
that’s when I need your arms around me / that’s when I need your love to surround me
surround me
‘cause how could I spend the rest of my life without you?
how could I spend the rest of my life without you?
how could I spend the rest of my life?
every breath / every secret lullaby / every touch / every instant passing us by
every kiss / every movement of your heart / every glance / every moment we’re apart

you come to me / you make me see
that’s when I need your light to lead me / that’s when I need your heart to free me
believe me
‘cause how could I spend the rest of my life without you?
how could I spend the rest of my life without you?
how could I spend the rest of my life?
every trace of reality left behind in the wake of the hurricane you placed in my mind
all meaning in my life turned inside out and upside down / every touch leaving air where once was ground
Track Name: Like Music
you made me move in the direction of my heart
building my life beside you
building my world around you
and when our stars collided a new universe was formed
out at the edge of time and space
deep in the dark of my night

you are just like music to me
I sink into you, I sink into you
Track Name: Then
feeling our worlds sink into each other
every thought once outside now within
held together in each other’s arms
two hearts as one love adrift in this storm
then, falling down, falling down, two worlds colliding
watching the buildings fall to the ground

then we rebuild stone by stone start again
without a memory of all that was storm
held together in each other’s arms
watching the sun light up the horizon

then, falling down, falling down, two worlds colliding
watching the buildings fall to the ground

then we rebuild stone by stone start again
without a memory of all that was storm
held together in each other’s arms
watching the sun light up the horizon
and then, then, our love, start again
then
Track Name: Shadowlands
there is a shadow over our hearts /a dark corner in our thoughts
that stops us living life / that stops us being free
in these shadowlands of our hearts / in the spaces in between
and in the corners of our thoughts / I am here for you

and we’re both going home / our souls are flying away
and at the end of the very last day / I am here for you