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Harmony For Elephants
Tim appears on the charity album Harmony For Elephants. He sings lead vocals on Andy Neve’s six and a half minute track Speak To Me, which also features Dave Gregory (XTC/Big Big Train) on guitar.
Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, Nad Sylvan, Andy Tillison (Tangent) and Nick Magnus also contribute to the album.
Strange Gods video
Plenty have released a video for Strange Gods from the album It Could Be Home, which is released by Karisma Records on 27 April 2018. Buy the album on Vinyl or CD from Burning Shed.
“Strange Gods was originally written in 1987 and the 2018 It Could Be Home version doesn’t change much lyrically or structurally. In terms of its melancholy atmosphere and highly textured soundscape, it was always one of my favourite Plenty songs and I feel we’ve managed to reinterpret it with a sense of grace that the original hinted at but ultimately lacked. It shares some qualities with the 1980s output of The Blue Nile and David Sylvian, but I feel it’s very much its own song and that it’s a great example of a particular aspect of Plenty’s music.” Tim Bowness 2018
Every Stranger’s Voice lyric video
Plenty have released a lyric video for Every Stranger’s Voice from their forthcoming album It Could Be Home.
“Every Stranger’s Voice was one of the last songs written by Plenty during its first incarnation and dates from 1990. It’s one of the grand ‘doomed romantic ballads’ that partly defined Plenty and early no-man. I always felt it was one of the strongest songs we’d come up with, but it had the misfortune of emerging in the month that no-man got its first record and publishing deals so was abandoned very shortly after being written. Michael Bearpark’s searing solo on the track is a real highlight for me. Bob Hodds’ atmospheric video ambiguously captures the emotional ‘force of nature’ that drives the lyric.” Tim Bowness
New Plenty Single
“Hide is one of the few Plenty pieces that betrays the band’s origins as part of the thriving Liverpool Post-Punk/Art Pop scene of the 1980s. It was written in 1987 and was an important part of the live performances we did at the time. All two of them! I always liked the fact that the song itself hid a dark lyric about mental illness and the desire for retreat behind a jaunty and propulsive musical facade. As I croon about someone’s tragic decline and stasis, Brian and David’s playing exudes something joyous and surprising. The lyric was inspired by a friend who also provided part of the inspiration behind no-man’s Animal Ghost.” Tim Bowness
Recording with Big Big Train
Tim spent some time in Real World Studio this week with Big Big Train doing some vocal recording for a song set for a forthcoming BBT release.
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.