Album review: TIM BOWNESS – Lost In The Ghostlight

Inside Out [Release date 17.02.17]

To my shame I have never really listened to any of the music by Tim Bowness prior to this album. The album’s theme revolves around the contemporary musings of Moonshot leader Jeff Harrison, though the events in the songs take place between 1967 and 2017. You can read more on the band and Tim’s very informative blog on the album’s gestation https://timbowness.wordpress.com/

The album is produced by Steven Wilson (who worked with Tim in no-man), with musicians including Ian Anderson, keyboards player Kim Watkins (Camel) and Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin (his playing is simply superb throughout the album).

Where to start? The whole album is one you can immerse yourself in and really connect and enjoy the music within. The album stand out for me is ‘Moonshot Manchild’, with its Camel like keys and a melodic chorus, reflecting on the main character’s looking back on the glory days. The wistful vocals of Tim fit this music perfectly and fans of 70′s prog will love the synths/organ and guitar arrangements on this song.

‘You’ll Be The Silence’ again reminded me of Camel and Porcupine Tree, where the music grabs the listener’s attention and doesn’t let go. Ian Anderson guests on the album’s closing song ‘Distant Summers’, the album’s most positive song where the musician this album is centred around, looks at why he is making music in the first place and what made him fall in love with music. A song that any musician or lover of music can relate to.

An album to fully immerse yourself in and enjoy every musical moment it has to offer. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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