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Plenty – It Could Be Home
Formed in 1986, Plenty was Tim Bowness’s immediate pre-no-man band. It Could Be Home is a debut release over thirty years in the making.
Distinctively echoing then contemporary artists such as The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout – alongside the iconic likes of David Bowie and Peter Gabriel – Plenty’s music alternated between anthemic pop, poignant ballads and ambient experiments.
Between Spring 2016 and Summer 2017, founder members Tim Bowness, Brian Hulse and David K Jones re-recorded Plenty’s catalogue of 1980s songs and set about completing the album the band had hoped to release three decades previously.
A meticulous labour of love, It Could Be Home was mixed and instrumentally augmented by Norwegian producer Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel).
Mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album also features contributions from former Plenty guitarist Michael Bearpark, pianist Peter Chilvers (Brian Eno, Karl Hyde) and no-man violinist Steve Bingham.
Available as a CD in a six panel digipak, 140g black vinyl in gatefold and a limited 140g blue vinyl version in gatefold: All with striking artwork by Carl Glover.
Tim live at Progdreams VII
Performance times (subject to changes):
14.00 Doors open
14.45 – 16.00 Kaprekar’s Constant
16.45 – 18.00 Lifesigns
19.00 – 20.30 Tim Bowness
21.15 – 23.00 Steve Rothery Band
For further details, and the booking link visit the live dates page.
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.