Vera : Tim Bowness obtained fame at the side of Steven Wilson in No-Man, but in 2004 he also released his first solo album. Next it took ten years before the second was launched, but since then, releases come more on a regular base. Two years after ’Stupid Things That Mean The World’, the fourth solo album hits the shops. In the meantime the man has collected a staggering curriculum vitae, he worked with the biggest artists on earth and consequently he can present us a core band with coryphées plus some extra guest musicians. Members of No-Man, The Pineapple Thief, Paatos and Porcupine Tree can be found in his core band, but there are five guest musicians as well, amongst them Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ happens to be a concept album about the reflective thoughts of a classic rock star in the declining years of his career. It results in beautiful, recognizable lyrics and Tim as ultimate sophisticated singer-songwriter. More than ever the velvet voice of the man is the centre of it all. We can even say that the instrumental additions remain rather sober, without the extravaganza of exposing progressive parts (except for the nervous toned ‘Kill The Pain That’s Killing You’). Three songs are tastefully relished with orchestral arrangements of Andrew Keeling. ‘Words Of Yesterday’ sets the tone with gracious guitar parts and quiescent vocals, later we hear organ and flute (Ian Anderson) as well. Piano and bass are the foundation of the synthesizers layered ‘Moonshot Manchild’, a nine minutes track. It is smooth, velvet music like a sweet caress, yet with sharp analyzing lyrics. After the only ‘wilder’ track (‘Kill The Pain That’s Killing You’) with lots of percussion, one will hear any orchestration in the next songs. Beautiful violins and a howling guitar solo relish the lengthy ‘You’ll Be The Silence’. Now and then they go in crescendo towards a climax, but always very careful and smooth. In the occluding track ‘Distant Summers’ (with one of the most beautiful melody lines), Ian comes along again with his flute. The album brims with melancholy and it brings peace in your soul, while the first spring storm rages around the house. Just as its predecessor, this is nice but very calm music to listen to while sinking in reveries in your most comfortable couch. Those who loved the previous albums, will embrace this one too.