Perri and Neil - Then

by Perri and Neil

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1.
Beyond Words 04:32
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
2.
Both of You 03:46
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
3.
Sunday Song 04:51
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
4.
Clouds 07:02
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Surround Me 08:38
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
8.
Like Music 03:12
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
9.
Then 04:05
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
10.
Shadowlands 02:13
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

about

“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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Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist.

‘One of the best acoustic guitar players of our time’ - Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

“Neil Campbell remains one the U.K.’s shamefully undiscovered contemporary composers, and I for one hope a larger audience awaits him soon” - Bob Mulvey, TPA

'music of serious quality and distinction' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
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