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Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who’s supported my music over the past 12 months.
2017 was a great year for Lost In The Ghost Light which gained the most reviews and sales of any of my work outside of no-man. The album’s artwork winning a Prog Award and live performances at the Marillion Weekend, IB Expo and Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre were also memorable and enjoyable experiences during the year.
Amongst other things, I have two albums prepared for 2018 release and some festival dates arranged (tba).
In some ways, the Plenty album – called It Could Be Home – is a debut release 30 years after the event. Despite this, it’s been a fresh and exciting project to work on and the end result is extremely satisfying and uplifting. The band has been writing songs since the album was completed, so hopefully a follow-up will take less than 30 years to finish! It Could Be Home will be released on Norwegian label Karisma in late March.
The Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers album has recently been mixed by the wonderful Mr Peter Hammill and is certainly a step beyond California, Norfolk: Intimate, bleak and, hopefully, beautiful in places. Release date and label tba.
Outside of this, I’ve been rehearsing with the superb bassist James Eller (The The / Julian Cope) and the talented Toby Marks (Banco De Gaia). We’ve been writing music spontaneously and may decide to release some of the results in the future.
Here’s hoping that the frequently discussed new no-man album is also a possibility for the year ahead.
Some releases I liked in 2017 (in alphabetical order):
Big Big Train – Grimspound
Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly
Ray Davies – Americana
Mark Eitzel – Hey, Mr Ferryman
Elbow – Little Fictions
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Samuel Hallkvist – Variety Of Rhythm
Peter Hammill – From The Trees
The Horrors – V
Morrissey – Low In High School
Randy Newman – Dark Matter
Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
Sparks – Hippopatamus
Thundercat – Drunk
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?
Devon Welsh – Down The Mountain
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
The magnificent 50th Anniversary Sgt Peppers reissue also deserves a mention and it was great to see A Certain Ratio’s excellent back catalogue getting re-promoted on the Mute label.
Tim in Prog Magazine
Tim gives a “glimpse into his Prog world” in the “My Prog” feature in the latest issue of Prog Magazine (issue 82).
Issue 82, which is on sale now, also features Peter Hamill, Godley & Creme and Daniel Cavanagh.
The full page “My Prog” piece includes:
- Tim’s earliest prog memory
- The first prog record Tim bought
- The best prog gig Tim has attended and much more…
no-man’s Returning Jesus deluxe
A deluxe Kscope label reissue of no-man’s lauded fourth studio album featuring a 2017 remaster by Steven Wilson.
Originally released on the 3rd Stone label in February 2001, Returning Jesus is a collection of ambitious songs which combine Singer-Songwriter, Art Rock, ECM Jazz, and Ambient influences with the band’s unique widescreen production and seductively melancholy compositions.
Returning Jesus received highly positive reviews in Mojo, Uncut, Billboard, Classic Rock and other publications at the time of its release and has continued to be seen by both critics and fans as one of the best albums produced by the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (both currently enjoying successful solo careers, with Wilson recently reaching the Top 5 album charts in several countries).
Guest musicians include Steve Jansen (Japan/Rain Tree Crow) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and double bass, Theo Travis (Soft Machine) on saxophone and flute, and Ian Dixon on trumpet. The late trumpeter Ian Carr (Nucleus), David Kosten (Faultline, Bat For Lashes) and Ben Christophers contribute to the evocative opening piece Only Rain.
The double CD edition contains the original album, plus a bonus CD of b-sides, demos and alternate versions. The double 180g vinyl edition is packaged in a gatefold sleeve and includes the album alongside a selection of EP tracks. Both formats feature additional artwork and photographs from regular no-man collaborator Carl Glover and sleeve notes by Tim Bowness.
Orders from Burning Shed include an exclusive postcard.
Live in Sweden
Tim will be appearing at the IB Expo 2017 in Halmstad, Sweden on 25 November 2017 and performing two short sets with the members of Isildurs Bane and assorted guests (including trumpeter Luca Calabrese).
Peter Hammill – who is currently mixing the second Bowness/Chilvers album – will also be performing at the event.
Album Cover Of The Year
Lost In The Ghost Light has won the 2017 Prog Awards ‘Album Cover Of The Year’. Thanks to everyone who voted for it.
“Only 200 more to go before I equal Steven Wilson’s Prog trophy haul!
Lost In The Ghost Light follows the career of a fictional Rock musician from 1967 to 2017 and takes him from a time when music had cultural and financial value to a point where he’s sitting backstage after playing to fifty people at the Warrington Parr Hall. It makes Samuel Beckett seem like Benny Hill.
Generally speaking, since the age of Sgt Peppers, beautifully crafted records have become poorly paid streams and album covers are now more often than not tiny images on mobile phones.
The best artwork provides additional layers of meaning or mystery to the album experience. Via the likes of Hipgnosis’s designs for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Roger Dean’s work for Yes, Paul Whitehead’s art for Van Der Graaf Generator and Genesis, or brilliant one-offs such as In The Court Of The Crimson King, Prog was at the forefront of combining music and imagery in a way that offered an immersive experience for the listener.
Musically and visually, Lost In The Ghost Light is a tribute to the Progressive spirit of the 1960s and 1970s that got me interested in being a musician in the first place. It’s an honour to be in a room with so many of my teenage favourites.
Thanks to everyone who voted for the cover, Jarrod Gosling for brilliantly transforming ideas into reality, Inside Out for their ongoing support, and Jerry and Prog magazine for promoting creative music that the mainstream ignores.”
Songs From The Ghost Light update
The limited one-off pressing CD of Songs From The Ghost Light – now sold out – is in this week’s UK charts at #20 in the Rock chart, #10 in the Indie Breakers chart and #39 in the Independent Albums chart.
Congratulations to Steven Wilson for his astonishing #3 chart placing and Judy Dyble on being #14 in the Indie Breakers chart.