Tim Bowness announces new album Butterfly Mind

Real World Music Publishing writer Tim Bowness has announced the release of his new album Butterfly Mind.

Unsettling and haunting, yet shot through with flashes of optimism and hope, Butterfly Mind is a vibrant offering that shows an artist unafraid to play with the possibilities of his music. From the short, sharp shocks of ‘Always The Stranger’ and ‘Only A Fool’ to the long-form ambition of the sensuous ‘Dark Nevada Dream’, the cinematic Electro-Ballroom of ‘Glitter Fades’ and the dystopian paranoia of ‘Say Your Goodbyes’ Parts 1 and 2, Butterfly Mind delivers a thrilling fusion of Art Rock invention, Post-Punk energy and epic soulful ballads.

The single ‘Always The Stranger’ is already available and new track ‘Dark Nevada Dream’ — a sweeping and soulful epic depicting an emotional meltdown in a motel on the edge of nowhere — has been released today. The atmospheric video by David K Jones (Plenty) taps into the trance-like ‘beauty and the beat’ feel of the music.


Tim Bowness - Dark Nevada Dream (Official Video)
Dark Nevada Dream is an attempt to get inside the mind of someone falling apart after the collapse of their family life and career aspirations. The lyrics are trying to capture a disconnected sense of reality as someone attempts to come to terms with what they’ve lost and who they really are. Despite this, musically I think there’s a genuine sense of optimism in the piece. Though it’s ambiguous, there’s an element of the character emerging from a period of chaos somehow changed. Tim Bowness

Bowness’s seventh solo album features the stellar rhythm section of Richard Jupp (in his first major session since leaving Elbow) and Nick Beggs alongside a spectacular generation and genre spanning guest list including Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Dave Formula (Magazine), Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Martha Goddard (The Hushtones), Gregory Spawton (Big Big Train), Mark Tranmer (The Montgolfier Brothers / GNAC), Saro Cosentino (Franco Battiato), Italian Jazz musician Nicola Alesini, US singer Devon Dunaway (Ganga), Stephen W Tayler (Kate Bush) and, marking his first studio work with Tim for nearly three decades, former No-Man violinist Ben Coleman.

Produced by Tim Bowness and Brian Hulse (Plenty), the album was mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson.

Live dates

To celebrate the release of the new album, Tim will play some select UK live dates, including an in-store + Q&A at Rough Trade East in London.

10 JUN 22 LIVERPOOL Prohibition (with Matt Stevens & Peter Chilvers)
11 JUN 22 LONDON The Musical Museum, Brentford (with Matt Stevens & Peter Chilvers)
18 JUN 22 LONDON Rough Trade East (with Brian Hulse)
19 JUN 22 BATH Chapter 22 (with Brian Hulse)

Butterfly Mind will be available as a Limited 2CD Edition (incl. alternative mixes and outtakes), as well as a Limited Edition 180g LP+CD featuring a striking die-cut artwork by Carl Glover. Burning Shed have an exclusive green vinyl edition, and you can pre-order now here.

By Online Editor

Main image: Tim Bowness. Photo credit: Mark Wood.

Published on Tue, 03 May 22

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