Neal Heppleston is a British multi-instrumentalist. Folk Songs for Double Bass is the debut album which is out now via Preserved Sound. As the press release reports, he took a selection of popular folk songs with strong lyrical content, stripping them back to the basic melody to create worlds in which the lyrics live through the instrumentation.
It features contributions from Jim Ghedi , Sharron Krauss and Nick Jonah Davis. Featuring string quartet, brass, flutes, piano, harmonium, electric guitar, dulcimer, banjo, lap steel, singing saw, two drummers and other bits and pieces, the undercurrent mood of the album was created by drones that crop up throughout the album, with each track shifting in different tangents. “I wanted each song to have its own character, but to capture a similar mood running through the whole album,” says Neal.