Tim Bowness’ fifth solo album ‘Flowers At The Scene’ is set for release on InsideOutMusic/Sony on March 1st, 2019. Produced by no-man, the album is a vibrant collection of 11 strikingly diverse songs.
With a week to go until the album’s release, today sees the launch of the track ‘It’s The World’, which features the talents of Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Steven Wilson & Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) & Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree). Watch the video now here:
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.”
Tim and his live band have also confirmed some initial live dates, including an appearance at Night Of The Prog Festival 2019. Find those dates below:
31st May – De Boerdij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (co-headlining with Anneke Van Giersbergen) 2nd June – Wroclaw, Poland 3rd June – Warsaw, Poland 7th June – Dingwalls, London, England (support from Amy Birks) 20th July – Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany
Listen to ‘Borderline’, featuring Big Big Train’s David Longdon on backing vocals & flute, as well as Dylan Howe, Colin Edwin & Ian Dixon here: https://youtu.be/qDuOJWLXM28
The second in a series of podcast episodes where Tim gives some background on the new album was recently launched, and you can listen to the first part here: https://timbowness.lnk.to/FlowersAtTheScenePodcast
‘Flowers At The Scene’ will be available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album, as well as a limited edition red coloured vinyl version available exclusively through Burning Shed. Pre-order now here: https://timbowness.lnk.to/FlowersAtTheScene
Prog Magazine have said of the album it is “literate, heart-aching art rock at its finest”,
Tim comments 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.
It 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.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1) I Go Deeper (4.15) 2) The Train That Pulled Away (4.04) 3) Rainmark (4.15) 4) Not Married Anymore (3.30) 5) Flowers At The Scene (3.04) 6) It’s The World (3.03) 7) Borderline (3.45) 8) Ghostlike (5.08) 9) The War On Me (3.47) 10) Killing To Survive (3.59) 11) What Lies Here (4.00)
Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with no-man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson.
In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with no-man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Mercury Prize nominated Banco De Gaia, Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (amongst many others).
Tim recorded the album Flame (1994) with Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/ex-Japan), and co-produced/co-wrote Talking With Strangers (2009) for Judy Dyble (ex-Fairport Convention).
Tim Bowness released his fourth solo album, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ last year through InsideOutMusic, garnering the best solo reviews he has ever received and reaching #5 in the official UK rock chart. It also picked up Best Cover Artwork at the prestigious annual Progressive Music Awards 2017.
Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (Kino, Frost*, Arena, It Bites), have announced the release of ‘Under Stars’ for April 26th, 2019.
John comments: “It is the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80’s synthwave pop a little more, so beware the 808! The title is derived from belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.”
The album once again features drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.
‘Under Stars’ will be released as a limited edition digipak CD (featuring 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.
1.Terminal Earth 2.Ancient Ascendant 3.Icarus 4.Under Stars 5.Authorship Of Our Lives 6.The Signal 7.The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now 8.When Gravity Fails 9.How Bright Is The Sun? 10.Inside This Machine 11.An Ending 12.How Bright Is The Sun? (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track 13.Under Stars (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track 14.Lonely Robot – Chapter One – Airlock* CD / digital bonus track
‘Under Stars’ is the final album in a trilogy for Lonely Robot, John Mitchell’s visionary project. This began in 2015 with the ‘Please Come Home’ album and continued two years later with ”The Big Dream’. “I always saw this as a trilogy, and it feels like the third part of the Lonely Robot master plan has reached a natural conclusion.”
As with the two previous albums, there is a theme running across the songs here, as Mitchell explains.
“On ‘Please Come Home’, the theme was about the idea that life on Earth didn’t originate from this planet, while for ‘The Big Dream’, I was really giving everyone the benefit of Zen musings according to John Mitchell. This time things are a little more down to earth. What I am doing is looking the millennial generation, and the fact that kids today are so tied to their phones and to technology. They really have no clue what is actually going on around them, and I find that worrying.”
John Mitchell is a man with a rich musical heritage and history – from musician and vocalist to songwriter and producer. With bands like Arena, Frost*, Kino, It Bites and Lonely Robot, to name but a few, Mitchell has left his mark on the current progressive rock scene and has been involved in dozens of recordings. He is also a respected producer & mixer, running Outhouse Studios in the UK and working with artists as diverse as You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Alter Bridge, Asia, Don Broco, Funeral For A Friend, McFly & much more.
“There are many stories about visits from extraterrestrials. Sometimes the aliens come as friends, sometimes they come to enslave us. On this cold night, lights in the sky are making people all over the world uneasy…”
Great news: you can already pre-order „Tales From Outer Space“ in our webshop. You have the choice of four different LP versions in color 180 gram vinyl (limited to 250 pieces and with download code), a standard version as a CD in digipak, as well as a limited collector box with certificate. This collector’s box contains the CD in digipak, a limited „Tales From Outer Space“ comic booklet in A4 format, a key fob with RPWL-tape motif, a poster (DIN A3), autographed autograph cards, plectrum and stickers.
Last week we did the video shoot for the second pre-release single „What I Really Need“. Single and video will be released on February 22nd, be curious!
All the best Yogi, Kalle, Markus und Marc
Tracklist 01. A New World 02. Welcome To The Freak Show 03. Light Of The World 04. Not Our Place To Be 05. What I Really Need 06. Give Birth To The Sun 07. Far Away From Home
RPWL Tour 2019
02 April | UK-London, Boston Music Rooms 03 April | UK-Bilston, The Robin 04 April | UK-Glasgow, Ivory Blacks 05 April | UK-Chepstow, Winter’s End 07 April | NL-Zoetermeer, De Boerderij 08 April | D-Bremen, Meisenfrei 09 April | D-Hamburg, Logo 10 April | PL-Bydgoszcz, Klub Kuznia 11 April | PL-Warsaw, Progresja 12 April | PL-Piekary Slaskie 13 April | PL-Suchy Las/Poznan, tba. 14 April | D-Reichenbach, Artrock-Festival 16 April | D-Berlin, Maschinenhaus 17 April | CZ-Prague, tba. 18 April | D-Isernhagen, Bluesgarage 19 April | B-Verviers, Spirit of 66 20 April | F-Pagney-derrière-Barine, Chez Paulette 22 April | CH-Pratteln, Z7 23 April | D-Stuttgart, clubCANN 24 April | D-Rheine, Hypothalamus 25 April | D-Oberhausen, Zentrum Altenberg 26 April | D-Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal 27 April | D-Freising, Lindenkeller
PeacockSunrise Records (PSR) is thrilled to welcome The Sun King Reborn to its family for the release of their upcoming debut album “Delta Tales” due out in 2019.
The Sun King Reborn is the solo project of composer, vocalist, and piano player John Blangero from Port Isabel, Texas (USA). The music of The Sun King Reborn is filled with memorable hooks, rocking piano, driving rhythms, and a powerful horn section.
The songs will fill your dreams with memories of lost loves warm nights under the magnolia trees, sweet gospel music, and all-night parties at the local honky-tonk.
Steeped deep in the tradition of southern rock, roots music and country soul, John writes songs that are influenced by such classic artists as Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, and Dan Penn, but that are colored by his own musical style.
From poignant country soul ballads to up-tempo classic rock, The Sun King Reborn provides a musical backdrop for the lives of the southern working class. The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to “Delta Tales.”
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