Making a real departure from Tim Holehouse‘s normal material of mutant delta blues, Come (Out November 15th) is a more alternative country feeling album.
with a string trio, pedal steel guitar and various instruments at Silent City
Studio with Robert Hobson – who is known for producing more harsh albums
including those of black metal band A Forest of Stars (two of whom
appear on this record) – over August 2017. It’s a real departure and adventure
into new sonic territories for all parties involved.
album was written over a 5 year period, initial demos started when Tim was
writing previous albums Odd/Even and Hail. These were then
sculpted over the next 5 years with arrangements and further demos. It was a
real labour of love to make this album as perfect as possible, with maybe a
little look back to earlier album From The Dawn Chorus to make sure it
was not rushed. Patience paid off.
who have heard the album in early play backs have drawn comparisons to The
National, Leonard Cohen, Smog, Lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy (who the song Prince
of the Palace is tribute to) and, perhaps rather unusually, Tony Bennett.
Almost narrated stories unravel through string-laden and various sounding
recorded during two weeks by Tim Holehouse and Robert Hobson. Tim lived in the
studio, sleeping on the studio’s couch or floor when his brain would allow him
to sleep. The album features Katie Stone (violin and backing vocals) and
Rick Blakelock (drums) from A Forest of Stars, Tim Loud
(double bass) from Bootscraper and also a former solo touring tour mate,
virtuoso violin player Kieran O’Malley from Spirit of John. Florence
Fawcette provided some lovely cello lines, James William Boston
played some wonderful piano on it and last but not least the amazing Benjamin
William Pike provided pedal steel guitar.
Holehouse was born in Dorchester and raised in Portsmouth. Having graduated
from the University of Plymouth with an honours degree in music (despite not
actually being able to read score) Tim has spent the last 13 years pretty much
full time on the road playing 250-300 shows a year touring not only in Europe
but all round the world. Drawing inspiration from many sources and styles of
music he never likes to be typecast.