Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TIM BOWNESS: Lost in the Ghost Light (2017)

It is possible that some of you are not familiar with the name Tim Bowness, so maybe it is better to begin by saying a few things about him. 
  Tim Bowness is an English songwriter, singer, keyboard player and producer, who worked with many famous musicians during his career. He is mostly known as the vocalist and co-writer of Steven Wilson’s project No-Man. But further than that, he worked with Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) and Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention), among others.
  Lost in a Ghost Light is his brand new album, in which 13 musicians are participating. So, further than Tim, there are 12 more musicians, including some famous names, such as Ian Anderson on flute, Colin Edwin (ex-Porcupine Tree) on bass, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) on guitars, and Kit Watkins (Camel) on flute and Waterphone (!).
Let’s take a closer look to the album now.
  It includes 8 tracks, and has a total running time of almost 45 minutes. Judging from the album’s running time, I assume that it must also be available in Vinyl, further than the CD and Digital edition.  
  Lost in a Ghost Light is a concept album, with the main story being about a Rock musician who is aging, and tries to share with us his fears about the future. You will not find any tales of alien invasions or the fall of humanity here, but rather the simplicity of a story about the life of a musician, that turns the album into a beautiful trip.
  The music is influenced by the sound of some legendary bands of the 70’s mostly, such as Pink Floyd and Camel for example. It is a rather melodic and melancholic album, with very few exceptions, like ‘’Kill the Pain that’s Killing You’ for example.
  Based upon the 3-4 listening I’ve done so far, the songs I like the most are: ‘Words of Yesterday’ ‘Nowhere good to Go’ ‘You’ll be the Silence’  and ‘Distant Summers’, including Ian Anderson on flute and Steve Bingham on violin. (Maybe the album’s best moment).

           My rating would be 3.5 out of 5.0 stars