Release Date: 10/11/2014
Lost Domain is an album in which Tim battles to come to terms with his loss, charting his father’s rapid decline into illness, his death and the tumultuous effect that it had on his life over the course of 11 songs.
But while this is a brutally open record, it’s not a maudlin one. Moments of joy and hope shine amidst the heartache. As inVigil, an enormously touching song which documents George’s final moments, but also celebrates the strength of Tim’s family. “It was a really hard time,” he says. “But the closeness within my family made it a powerful bonding time as well.”
The music, too, is less sparse than you might imagine for an introspective solo record. String sections, horns and electronics all combine to add to Lost Domain’s emotional wallop. Indeed, the two instrumental tracks - bluesy openerSnow In Nara and the jazz-tinged, 5/4- signatured Vapour - are among its most affecting moments.
Recorded in Ash’s New York studio, Tim played almost everything himself, roping in musician friends when he needed a hand: Andy Burrows (ex-Razorlight) and Fred Aspelin (Alberta Cross) each played some drums; Ilan Eshkeri and Oliver Kraus helped with the string and brass arrangements performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra; Leanne Macomber from Ejecta and Neon Indian sang; and Moon Hooch’s Wenzl McGowen played saxophone. There’s even a sample of Tim’s dad’s piano playing on the album’s epic centerpiece Medicine.
Now, Tim is ready to put the album out there to the world, via Sony Red, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to The Alzheimer’s Society, a charity Tim has worked closely with since his father’s death.
1. Snow In Nara
2. End of An Era
3. Do You Ever Think of Me?
7. First Sign of Spring
10. Lost Domain