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.
Tim Bowness is one of the most exciting artists in the British progressive music scene who incorporates a wide-range of influences to his music. ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ is an exquisite recording where Bowness’ mesmerizing vocals are joined by beautifully-crafted keyboard and acoustic orchestrations along with fabulous guitar, flute and keyboard solos.
Bowness treats the listener to a wonderful mix of atmospheric songs and superb symphonic progressive rock that will bring joy to fans of progressive rock-era Genesis and other 1970s classic acts. For fans of mellotron, this album is a true delight, with some of the finest mellotron work I’ve heard in recent years.
‘Lost in the Ghost Light’ was mixed and mastered by Bowness’ longtime collaborator, Steven Wilson.
The lineup includes Tim Bowness on vocals, backing vocals, synthesizers and rhythm programming; Stephen Bennett on keyboards and additional guitars; Bruce Soord on guitars and backing vocals; Hux Nettermalm on drums; Andrew Booker on drums; Colin Edwin on electric, fretless and acoustic bass guitars.
The impressive guest list includes Ian Anderson on flute; Kit Watkins on flute and waterphone; Steve Bingham on violin; Charlotte Dowding Violin Ensemble; Andrew Keeling provided the string arrangements, flute and acoustic guitars; David Rhodes on guitar; and The ‘unknown’ Pete Smith on Rickenbacker bass.
Acclaimed progressive rock musician Tim Bowness has released a music video with ‘You Wanted to Be Seen,’ the first track from his upcoming album, titled ‘Lost In The Ghost Light‘.
“You Wanted to Be Seen is about someone at their most weary and emotionally withdrawn,” says Tim Bowness. “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 dueling guitar and violin parts from Bruce Soord and No-Man’s Steve Bingham.”
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond