16 December 2016
Tim Bowness: launches first track from new album 'Lost In The Ghost Light'
Tim Bowness recently announced the release of his fourth solo album, 'Lost In The Ghost Light' for the 17th February 2017, through InsideOutMusic. Now he is pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, titled 'You Wanted To Be Seen'. You can watch a lyric video for the song here:
Tim had this to say about it: "You Wanted To Be Seen is about someone at their most weary and emotionally withdrawn. It's very much a self-reflective 'dark night of the soul' lyric.
Musically, it's something of an extreme split between the reflective melancholy of the verses and the apocalyptic anger of the latter part of the song, which features some intense duelling guitar and violin parts from Bruce Soord and No-Man's Steve Bingham."
Mixed & mastered by Steven Wilson, the album utilises a core band comprising Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), Hux Nettermalm (Paatos) and Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum), and is also joined by guests including Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel), Steve Bingham (No-Man) and the legendary Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). Andrew Keeling (Robert Fripp/Hilliard Ensemble/Evelyn Glennie) arranges for string quartet and flute on three of the album's songs.
'Lost In The Ghost Light' is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional 'classic' Rock musician in the twilight of his career. Ranging from the hypnotic opener 'Worlds Of Yesterday' to the wistful climax of 'Distant Summers', via the thrilling rage of 'Kill The Pain That's Killing You' and the orchestral expanse of 'You'll Be The Silence', the album features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness's most musically ambitious work to date.
Lyrically, the album addresses how the era of streaming and ageing audiences affects creativity, how a life devoted to music impacts on real / family life, and how idealistic beginnings can become compromised by complacency and the fear of being replaced by younger, more vital artists. Tim elaborates: "It all started with me seeing a sixty something jogger in an expensive tracksuit rifling through the vegetable racks at my local Co-Op. His intense glare combined with his thinning long grey hair and Mick Fleetwood beard left me wondering which veteran Rock band he'd once played with. This got me thinking about the moment when music first came into this person's life and whether it still informed his music making in the present. Other questions followed about the tensions between commerce and art, career and idealism: Could the creative 'spark' be lost then re-discovered?; What were the costs of dedicating a life to music and how much did 'real' life get in the way of the 'magic'?; What was the effect of the changing nature of the industry on music itself as physical objects d'art became unpaid streams?; Were, as Brian Eno suggested, professional musicians like blacksmiths, echoes from another age and, if so, what was the impact of that realisation on a performer playing to an ageing crowd? Clearly, I thought too much!"
Jarrod Gosling (I Monster / Cobalt Chapel) provides the fantastically detailed artwork, which includes a visual history of the career of the concept's subject. The album will be available as a limited CD/DVD mediabook - including a 5.1 surround mix by Bruce Soord - and gatefold LP + CD & digital download.
The album is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed, including an exclusive hand numbered gold vinyl LP + CD limited to 400 copies. All orders will receive a signed artwork postcard. Pre-order now here:
You can also pre-order the album digitally from iTunes & Amazon MP3 and receive the track 'You Wanted To Be Seen' immediately:
The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
1. Worlds Of Yesterday
2. Moonshot Manchild
3. Kill The Pain That's Killing You
4. Nowhere Good To Go
5. You'll Be The Silence
6. Lost In The Ghost Light
7. You Wanted To Be Seen
8. Distant Summers
Last year Tim released his latest solo album 'Stupid Things That Mean The World' which garnered some fantastic reviews and reached the top 10 in the Prog, Rock & Vinyl album charts in the UK as well as ending up in several critics' 'album of the year' lists:
"Ambitious art-rock and straight-forward singer-songwriter sensitivity" - Prog Magazine
"an absorbing, plaintive record that gets under your skin." - Record Collector
"music which conjures up visions ranging from the lavish and expansive to the delicate and intimate." - Louder Than War
“An album of quite outstanding brilliance. Sublime.” - Echoes And Dust
“A contender for my Album of the Year, no question. “Is it prog?” you may ask. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn…” - The Progressive Aspect
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