Tim Bowness’ solo career rebooted with Abandoned Dancehall Dreams on Inside Out in 2014, and this new album is his fifth solo album, and fourth for the label. Many in the Prog world know Bowness from no-man, his collaboration with Steven Wilson, and it’s that team that have produced this latest release, their first such collaboration in over a decade. Bowness has said that his last album, Lost in the Ghost Light, felt like ‘the end of a particular way of working’, with this album feeling like a new beginning and that’s particularly apparent in the opening track, I Go Deeper.
Tim Bowness is probably most famous for his work with Steven Wilson as the duo known as "No-man", which started out as a progressive dance project, and ended up as a mostly minimalist band that played and sang beautifully lush compositions. He has also released several solo and collaboration full length albums, 9 to be exact, at least to this point. His ninth album is called "Flowers at the Scene" and was released on March 1, 2019.
Following three fine solo LPs, Tim Bowness releases his most sonically diverse album yet with the adventurous Flowers at the Scene. Beginning with a tragicomic image of "spaghetti on the floor, Christmas wreaths still hanging from the bedroom doors", Bowness repeats the titular refrain over and over – "You're not married anymore" – emphasizing the significance of what to some just look like clutter in the home. Moments like these feel like callbacks to No-Man's late records, Returning Jesus and Schoolyard Ghosts especially, and it's perhaps not a coincidence given that Bowness produced Flowers at the Scene with Wilson, thereby making it a No-Man-produced affair
Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue. Some biographic facts on Tim Bowness: Born and brought up in the North West of England, Tim Bowness started his music career in the early 1990s and is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree etc). Tim recorded the album Flame (1994) with Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/ex-Japan), Talking With Strangers (2009) for Judy Dyble (ex-Fairport Convention), and regularly collaborates with Peter Chilvers (Brian Eno/Karl Hyde). Since 2001, Tim has co-run the successful specialist online label/store Burning Shed with No-Man live bassist, Pete Morgan.
Ultimately, Tim Bowness’ 5th studio album acts overall as a rather logical follow-up to Stupid Things that Mean the World. The front man and his five-star collaborators managed to bring out the best from his songs as usual. Diversifying the listen was a bold yet benefiting decision, resulting in probably the easiest LP in his solo catalog to get into. Flowers at the Scene features influences from various decades of pop, classic/art rock, jazz and successfully experiments to offer an eclectic and rewarding collection of stand-alone tracks.
Tim Bowness (born 29 November 1963) is an English singer and songwriter primarily known for his work as part of the band No-Man, a long-term project formed in 1987 with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson.
Representing the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first joint production in over a decade, the album features stunning 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/OSI), David Longdon. Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by Steve Kitch (The Pineapple Thief), the album’s poignant artwork is by Jarrod Gosling. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a press reset.
Tim Bowness confirms he’ll release his new album early next year - featuring artists including Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon. Tim Bowness has confirmed that he’ll release a new album early next year. The follow-up to 2017’s Lost In The Ghost Light is titled Flowers At The Scene and it’ll arrive on March 1 via InsideOut Music on CD, LP/CD and on digital platforms. Bowness says: Lost In The Ghost Light – which was always intended as a one-off – felt like a perfect conclusion to a particular way of writing and working.
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|1||The Train That Pulled Away (String Driven Edit)||3:33|
|2||Not Married Anymore
Featuring – Jim Matheos
|3||What Lies Here
Lead Vocals – Kevin Godley