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Written against the backdrop of the coronavirus catastrophe, Nearly Life is the latest album to come from Oban-born Neil Armstrong.
Now living in Spain, Neil has teamed up with lyricist David Will Mitchell and the legendary Jose Maria Sagrista (Triana), with the album initially sparked in January this year and finished within six months despite recording grinding to a halt mid-way through due to Spain’s lockdown measures.
Together they produce emotive and meaningful pop songs. Drawing from his classical music background, Neil Armstrong writes and performs moving pop and rock tunes with a story to tell.
The album addresses descent and redemption; falling from grace, financial loss, physical falls, societal descents and environmental decline to name a few. Taking inspiration from poet W.B. Yeats, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and from pivotal societal moments such as the Covid pandemic, the 9/11 tragedy and climate change, ‘Nearly Life’ engages with big themes in a thoughtful and nuanced way.
Neil was born in Oban and brought up in Connel where his parents were GPs until the mid 2000s.
A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, he has recently welcomed music back into his life. With two albums and a rock musical already to his name, he now lives in Spain with his family.