Tim Bowness – Flowers at the Scene (InsideOutMusic, 2019)
Flowers at the Scene is the exquisitely produced and arranged fifth solo album by British artist Tim Bowness. The album showcases Bowness talent as songwriter and exceptionally expressive vocalist.
Musically, Bowness crosses various boundaries: elegant art rock, masterfully-crafted progressive rock and electronic ambience.
Flowers at the Scene was coproduced by Bowness and his longtime collaborator Steven Wilson. The diverse lineup of collaborators includes well-known names in the progressive rock, prog metal, jazz and other genres: 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), Brian Hulse (Plenty), Ian Dixon, Tom Atherton, Dylan Howe, David K Jones, Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale.
Bowness said about the album: “It was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with old sparring partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly he was doing far more and developing 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.”
Flowers at the Scene is a deeply mesmerizing album with a charming set of dreamy songs.