Postcast Part 2

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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.

Borderline single

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New single / video

Tim has released the second single from the forthcoming 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 pre-ordered from Burning shed. All Burning Shed pre-orders come with 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.”

New album pre-order and video

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New album pre-order and video

Tim Bowness’ fifth solo album Flowers At The Scene is set for release on InsideOutMusic/Sony on the 1st March 2019.

Produced by no-man, the album is a vibrant collection of 11 strikingly diverse songs.

Available as a CD in deluxe digipak, 180g black vinyl in gatefold cover with insert and CD, and a Burning Shed only 180g red vinyl edition in gatefold cover with insert and CD.

Pre-order now for 1st March release.  All pre-orders from Burning Shed come with an exclusive signed greeting card and an mp3 EP of alternate versions.

Today sees the launch of the album’s first single, I Go Deeper. Watch the video below.

Tim comments: “This was one of the last tracks written for the album. I co-wrote it last Summer with Italian musician Stefano Panunzi for use in a film. The original is in the more romantic tradition of no-man (and Porcupine Tree at its most lush), but I heard something very different in the piece so set about accentuating the differences between the sections and completely changing the instrumentation. Colin Edwin and Tom Atherton make for a formidable rhythm section on this and the soaring guitar solo by Brian Hulse is also a highlight for me.”

Tim added of the new album: “Lost In The Ghost Light felt like a conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a new beginning.

Flowers At The SceneIt was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with long-term creative partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson plus a talented cast of new collaborators. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly was helping develop production ideas alongside Brian and I. Listening to pieces such as Not Married Anymore, Borderline and The War On Me, we both felt that the project had more than a hint of the spirit of no-man and it became obvious that this was a no-man co-production rather than a Bowness/Wilson one.

Elsewhere, the likes of Jim Matheos, Colin Edwin, Dylan Howe and Tom Atherton delivered some incredible performances and it was a delight to get Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon involved.

Peter and Kevin were two of my favourite singers growing up and I’ve been a long-term fan of XTC, so it was genuinely a thrill to hear their excellent contributions.”

Representing the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first joint production in over a decade, the album features performances from an extraordinary cast of players including Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), David Longdon (Big Big Train), co-producer Brian Hulse (Plenty), Australian trumpeter Ian Dixon, and drummers Tom Atherton and Dylan Howe. The Curator, David K Jones, violinist Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale also guest.

Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album’s artwork is by Jarrod Gosling.

Pre-order now for 1st March release.

Live in Zoetermeer

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Live in Zoetermeer

Holland 2019Tim and his band (including John Jowitt, Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Stephen Bennett and Steve Bingham) will be performing a co-headline show with Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend, VUUR) at Boerdiij in Zoetermeer on Friday 31 May 2019.

Tickets are onsale now.