Tim Bowness shares lyric video for new track featuring Big Big Train’s David Longdon

Tim Bowness will release his new album on March 1

Tim Bowness has released a lyric video for his new single Borderline.

It’s the second song taken from his upcoming album Flowers At The Scene, which will arrive on March 1 via InsideOut Music/Sony. Bowness previously released the track I Go Deeper.

Borderline features a guest appearance from Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon, who also plays flute on the song. Bowness and Longdon are also joined on the track by Dylan Howe, Colin Edwin and Ian Dixon.

Bowness says: “Borderline started life in 2004. Roger Eno had given me some of his music and while listening to a lovely piece called Crossing The Border, I heard a vocal melody and developed a song out of his instrumental. 

“Many years, many re-writes and many re-recordings later, the song had failed to break free from my hard drive of doom.

“Feeling it was too strong to remain unreleased, I sent it to Brian Hulse who re-recorded the basic backing track. I re-wrote half of the lyrics (again) and asked Dylan Howe, Colin Edwin, Ian Dixon and David Longdon to contribute. After years on the back burner, I suddenly had a clear vision for the piece.”

Bowness adds: “I’d loved Dylan Howe’s Subterraneans album, so knew he’d be an ideal choice for the drums. Ian and David’s trumpet and flute contributions further enhanced the song, and the final additions were David’s rich backing vocal parts – a return favour for me having sung on a Big Big Train b-side in 2018.

“Crystal Spotlight’s video very effectively evokes the 'lonely in the city' late night mood of the music.”

Last month, Bowness released a podcast series on Spotify and Apple Music which examines the inspirations behind the new music.

 Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene
1. I Go Deeper
2. The Train That Pulled Away
3. Rainmark
4. Not Married Anymore
5. Flowers At The Scene
6. It’s The World
7. Borderline
8. Ghostlike
9. The War On Me
10. Killing To Survive
11. What Lies Here

Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene

Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene
Tim Bowness returns with Flowers At The Scene – his first album since 2017's Lost In The Ghost Light. It features the lead singles I Go Deeper and Borderline.

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