Plenty is the band Tim Bowness left for no-man. This is a record of what could have been.
The band released a couple of cassettes in the late 80s.
The songs included in this album have been re-recorded and tweaked. This music could fit right in with the more structured art rock of the time – and in my mind, today’s more sophisticated indie.
I love Tim’s voice in no-man and here with Plenty it is still a voice to guide you across the dreamscape.
The album was mixed and produced by Jacob Holm-Lupo, and the mix is clear and balanced. I feel surrounded by the music, even tho I’m listening to it on a standard stereo setup.
According to a post on Plenty’s website, written by Tim, the singer was invited to spend some time working on music with Steven Wilson. But Tim couldn’t work on music with both Steven and his other band, and as many out there know, he ultimately chose to work with the former in no-man.
After listening to It Could Be Home, I wonder what might have been. The songs on this album certainly held my attention and sound better than much of today’s pop (alternative, art, indie or otherwise). Perhaps the passing of time has added a touch of wisdom to these recordings? Maybe I’m just an old fart who prefers the “olden days”?
Two songs I love from this album are Hide and Broken Nights. I wonder if there is any other music that could be willingly brought forth from the Plenty vault? I would certainly give it a listen.
If you are a fan of art rock or alternative pop, you should give this album a try.
01. As Tears Go By
03. Never Needing
04. Broken Nights
05. Foolish Waking
06. Strange Gods
07. Every Stranger’s Voice
09. The Good Man
10. It Could Be Home
Release date: April 27, 2018
Tim Bowness – vocals
Michael Bearpark – guitar
Peter Chilvers – keyboards