A sweeping and soulful epic depicting an emotional meltdown in a motel on the edge of nowhere, Dark Nevada Dream is the second single from Tim Bowness’s Butterfly Mind.
Written and produced by Tim and Brian Hulse , the song features Richard Jupp (ex- Elbow) and Nick Beggs on drums and bass, Dave Formula (Magazine) on Hammond organ, and US singer Devon Dunaway on backing vocals
Mixed and mastered by Bowness’s long-term partner in No-Man Steven Wilson and featuring the band’s former violinist Ben Coleman, Bowness regards the song as an updating of the ambitious early Indie Dance / Art Pop No-Man approach heard on songs such as Days In The Trees and Housekeeping.
The atmospheric video by David K Jones (Plenty) beautifully taps into the trance-like ‘beauty and the beat’ feel of the music.
Tim says, ‘Dark Nevada Dream is an attempt to get inside the mind of someone falling apart after the collapse of their family life and career aspirations. The lyrics are trying to capture a disconnected sense of reality as someone attempts to come to terms with what they’ve lost and who they really are. Despite this, musically I think there’s a genuine sense of optimism in the piece. Though it’s ambiguous, there’s an element of the character emerging from a period of chaos somehow changed.’