Tim Bowness is set to release his forthcoming second solo album ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ on the 23rd June 2014 in Europe and 8th July 2014 in US, and the first taste of music is finally here. Featuring a powerhouse drumming performance from King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto, a string arrangement from Classical composer Andrew Keeling and a stunning guitar solo courtesy of Michael Bearpark, The Warm-Up Man Forever is the lead-off track from Tim Bowness’s ambitious Inside Out Music debut and it can be viewed here:
The evocative animated video was created and directed by Miles Skarin of Crystal Spotlight Design, whose previous work includes visuals for The Pineapple Thief and Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull.
Tim says: “The Warm-Up Man Forever started out as a demo I’d written for No-Man. With the benefit of three decades of technology and life experience, it was a song that contained aspects of the music that inspired me when I first started playing in bands (in that far off universe, the early 1980s!). Although I hope I did something fresh and different with the source inspirations, I had things like Peter Gabriel’s 3, Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love, The Icicle Works and The Michael Nyman Band in mind when I was writing the piece.
Knowing he could give me the power I was looking for, I asked Pat Mastelotto to play on the song, and Andrew Keeling to provide a string arrangement that worked in sync with Pat’s drums. Pete Morgan energetically replaced my original bass, and Mike Bearpark added a great guitar solo (acting on the suggestion, ‘Sound like a wild dog having a street fight with a conger eel.’).
Conger eel disposed of, I liked what I heard!
The lyric echoes some of the themes dealt with on No-Man’s Wild Opera (about victims of fame and victims of the pursuit of fame) and has elements of people I’ve come across on the fringes of the music, literary and art worlds over the last couple of decades.
Miles Skarin’s video very nicely evokes the lyrics in tangential and unexpected ways. I really like his use of colour, and there are parts for me where the music and images collide incredibly powerfully. The explosion of lights accompanying the guitar solo works particularly well for me.”
The record will be released as Limited edition 2CD Digipak, 180g Gatefold LP (incl. album on CD) & digital download and the beautiful cover art can be found above.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1. The Warm-Up Man Forever
2. Smiler At 50
3. Songs Of Distant Summers
5. Dancing For You
6. Smiler At 52
7. I Fought Against The South
8. Beaten By Love
1. There Were Days (Smiler At 52, Grasscut Mix)
2. Sounds Of Distant Summers (Songs Of Distant Summers, Richard Barbieri Mix)
3. Singing For You (Dancing For You, UXB Mix)
4. Abandoned Dancehall Dream
5. The Sweetest Bitter Pill
6. The Warm-Up Man Forever (Band Version)
7. Songs Of Distant Summers Part 1 (BandVersion)
8. Songs Of Distant Summers Part 2 (Band Version)
Tim has also announced two UK shows for July where he will perform with his band Henry Fool, playing tracks from the new solo album, as well as No-Man and Henry Fool material. Those dates can be found below:
11th July – Borderline, London TICKETS: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/tim-bowness–henry-fool-feat-colin-edwin-tickets/118941
12th July – The Wesley Centre, Maltby TICKETS: http://www.classicrocksociety.co.uk/shop/tim-bowness-and-henry-fool-nosound-matt-stevens
‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ was produced by Bowness and mixed by Steven Wilson. It also features performances from Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Anna Phoebe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Pete Morgan, Steven Wilson, Andrew Booker and Steve Bingham).
Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (amongst many others), and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.