coverA year on from the acclaimed “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams”, Tim Bowness returns with the powerful and eclectic “Stupid Things That Mean the World”, his third solo album. Scheduled for release in July, the album was recorded between October 2014 and April 2015 at various studios, including NAM.

Tim had this to say about the new album:
“If “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams” was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man’s “Schoolyard Ghosts”, I’d say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams”. It’s a logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It’s been really exciting working with my live band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Phil Manzanera and David Rhodes. Bruce Soord’s mixing and additional guitar parts have also taken the material to a higher level, I think”.

[spoiler]Produced by Bowness and mixed by The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord (who also adds some choice guitar parts), the album features a core of Bowness along with members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker) and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), augmented by contributions from Peter Hammill, Phil Manzanera, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Anna Phoebe, David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Scott Walker) and Rhys Marsh. As on “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams”, classical composer Andrew Keeling, best known for his work with The Hilliard Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie and Robert Fripp, provides striking string arrangements. The album was mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch.

The beautiful artwork for the album was once again done by I Monster’s Jarrod Gosling. The album will be available as Double CD Media book featuring a companion disc of alternate mixes and demos (including an unreleased No-Man demo from 1994), as well as a gatefold vinyl LP with CD & digital download.

“Abandoned Dancehall Dreams” was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a ‘cinematic, contemporary classic’ and Prog Magazine naming it ‘arch art-progger Bowness’s masterpiece’. The album also reached the top 20 of the UK rock album charts upon release, and was subsequently included in Prog Magazine’s critics’ choice top 20 of 2014.

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.[/spoiler]

01. The Great Electric Teenage Dream – 3:58
02. Sing To Me – 5:46
03. Where You’ve Always Been – 4:07
04. Stupid Things That Mean The World – 3:05
05. Know That You Were Loved – 6:44
06. Press Reset – 3:54
07. All These Escapes – 3:06
08. Everything You’re Not – 3:40
09. Everything But You – 1:12
10. Soft William – 1:40
11. At The End Of The Holiday – 4:58

Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool): vocals
Stephen Bennett: keyboards
Michael Bearpark: guitar
Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum): drums
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree): bass

Peter Hammill (VDGG)
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
Anna Phoebe (King Crimson)
David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, Random Hold)
Rhys Marsh (Kaukasus, Mandala, Opium Cartel)
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief): guitar

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