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It’s The World
It’s The World is the third single from the fifth Tim Bowness solo album Flowers At The Scene. The song features Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Steven Wilson, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) & Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree). Watch the lyric video below.
Tim comments: “This is the outlier on Flowers At The Scene. I Go Deeper and Borderline are unique to themselves, but don’t feel out of character with other songs on FATS. It’s The World is definitely a track apart, though.
It started with me writing a song using guitar and trumpet loops and ended with Brian Hulse fleshing out the chorus, Jim Matheos adding some Metallic menace, and rhythm section Tom Atherton and Colin Edwin taking to the piece like twin Lemmys to whiskey.
I could hear a Peter Hammill shaped hole in the chorus – as you do – so I asked PH to add some backing vocals. In his Rikki Nadir guise, he also played some savage guitars on the chorus. Steven Wilson beefed up what was there with his usual mixing flair and added a haunting synth towards the end of the song.
The lyric is an account of someone blaming everything external on what might be an internal problem. On some levels, it’s self-pity on a global scale but with the current state of the world it’s not exactly clearcut.
Bob Hodds’ video very nicely captures the paranoia in the lyrics.”
Podcast Part 2
InsideOut Music have posted the second part of the podcast in which Tim discusses the collaborators on “Flowers At The Scene” including Peter Hammill, Jim Matheos, David Longdon, Andy Partridge, Colin Edwin, and Kevin Godley.
New single / video
Tim has released the second single from the Flowers At The Scene album, titled Borderline.
Borderline features Big Big Train’s David Longdon on backing vocals & flute, as well as Dylan Howe, Colin Edwin & Ian Dixon.
The track is available to stream on Spotify, and Flowers At The Scene can be bought from Burning shed. Burning Shed orders (whilst stocks last) come with a signed greeting card and an mp3 EP of alternate versions containing The Train That Pulled Away (string driven edit) (3.33), Not Married Anymore (featuring Jim Matheos guitar solo) (3.33) and What Lies Here (Kevin Godley lead vocal version) (4.01).
Tim had this to say about the track (and video): “Borderline started life in 2004. Roger Eno had given me some of his music and while listening to a lovely piece called Crossing The Border, I heard a vocal melody and developed a song out of his instrumental. Many years, many re-writes and many re-recordings later, the song had failed to break free from my hard drive of doom.
Feeling it was too strong to remain unreleased, I sent it to Brian Hulse who re-recorded the basic backing track. I re-wrote half of the lyrics (again) and asked Dylan Howe, Colin Edwin, Ian Dixon and David Longdon to contribute. After years on the back burner, I suddenly had a clear vision for the piece.
I’d loved Dylan Howe’s Subterraneans album, so knew he’d be an ideal choice for the drums. Ian and David’s trumpet and flute contributions further enhanced the song, and the final additions were David’s rich backing vocal parts (a return favour for me having sung on a Big Big Train b-side in 2018).
Crystal Spotlight’s video very effectively evokes the ‘lonely in the city’ late night mood of the music.”