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Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers – Modern Ruins

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18 years after the duo’s debut California, Norfolk, Tim Bowness and Peter Chilvers return with the exquisite melancholy of Modern Ruins.

Mixed by the legendary Peter Hammill, the album alternates between fragile piano-led songs and atmospheric Electronica-infused pieces which take the duo’s music to new levels of accomplishment.

CD in rigid matt-finish Japanese-style card sleeve.

All copies come with a signed postcard.

Pre-order for 10th April release via

A reissue of California, Norfolk, featuring the 2013 deluxe edition mastering and extra tracks will be released on the same day.

2019 Live Dates updates

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2019 Live Dates updates

Tim will be joined by ex-IQ member Andy Edwards for a song or two (an IQ rhythm section reunion with John Jowitt) at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sunday 26th May 2019.

For his London show (Camden Dingwalls Friday June 7th 2019), the special guests will consist of a set from Ms Amy Birks and a solo Stick set from Nick Beggs.

Visit the live dates page to buy tickets.

It’s The World

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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.”