Before the release of his 16th album ‘I Am for You’ this autumn, UK solo artist Tim Arnold will re-release his first album: Jocasta – No Coincidence. The album was produced by Bruce Lampcov (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel) with all music, lyrics and string arrangements by Arnold, featuring The London Symphony Orchestra. Whilst the band only performed live as a four piece, the album became a sonic canvas for the creative ideas Arnold had been developing since he was 17 and has continued to explore ever since as a solo artist. Last year, Iggy Pop compared Arnold’s recent work to David Bowie.
After a string of hit singles in the ‘90s, Jocasta were dropped by Sony on the day the album was released. ‘No Coincidence’ remains one of the only albums released by Sony during that period not to have been added to iTunes or any other digital platforms for download or streaming, and never before released in North America. The album is now available for the first time in 20 years.
NME’s Roger Morton wrote of Jocasta in 1996:
‘Jocasta pour molten American rock guitar over peaking, clever-clever Anglo pop tunes, forging the kind of deep-grooved, glider high, everyman/woman heart-burst pop songs that everyone forgot existed. Like a Thom Yorke or a Billy Corgan, Arnold is at the helm of a distended, inflated, killer melody machine, robust enough to skim right across the Atlantic and bed in deep’
Q Magazine’s Nick Duerden wrote of No Coincidence in 1997:
“Fronted by Tim Arnold, this is a highly impressive debut whose breadth of vision suggests an ambition not easily sated”
‘No Coincidence’ will be released through TA Music on 2nd June 2017 – exactly 20 years to the day of the original release. The album is accompanied by a video for opening song ‘Laughing’.
The video places Arnold’s song about the British parliamentary system (written in 1995) onto an apocalyptic take on the special relationship between Theresa May and Donald Trump.
Artist: Tim Arnold, featuring Jonathan Hill
Album: Sounds to Pictures, Volume One: Conversations
Official Release: 14th February 2017 Label: TA Music
Tim Arnold’s roles as singer, songwriter, showman, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and producer recently led godfather of punk Iggy Pop to compare Arnold to the late David Bowie (NME).
And if his unpredictable career hasn’t made it into your playlist yet, there are 14 albums to catch up with, including last years London-centric concept album ‘The Soho Hobo’ (Robert Elms’ BBC Radio London Album Of The Year).
Arnold’s latest project ‘Sounds To Pictures sees him away from the stage and out of the spotlight. The main attraction is the collection of priceless and historic instruments used in the recording, played by international virtuoso violinist Jonathan Hill, who has previously recorded violin for Sir Paul McCartney, Katie Melua and Pavarotti.
‘Sounds To Pictures Volume One’ is the first in a new series of albums recorded by Arnold and Hill. 10 original compositions by Arnold see the singer’s voice replaced by Hill’s solo violin. And the violins on this album are a special feature of their own, including a Carlo Bergonzi (1740), a Guarneri Del Gesu (1734) and a priceless Stradivarius made in 1697.
The music from the album also features in a series of free online immersive events using AIS (Auditory Imagination Supplement) starting in January 2017.
Sounds To Pictures Mini Documentary: https://youtu.be/Ym4PbNuFuKU
There are lots of new singles and videos coming out all the time and I thought I’d choose a few recent ones I think worthy of your time…
Time Arnold has taken a real musical swerve on this new single, relaunching as TA+ This song is a catchy one and has Kevin Godley of 10CC fame on a visual advisory capacity. Love the song and intrigued to see where the musical muse takes TA+ next.
Country pop rockers the Rising are back with a song of their second album due later this year. They have added Chantelle McAteer on vocals and she has a voice made for radio/online airplay. Great song and I can easily see this reaching the upper echelons of the charts.
Kansas are back after a lengthy break studio album wise with their new album, ‘The Prelude Impilict‘ due on 23 Sep via Inside Out Music. The first song has the band’s classic sound, something I was slightly worried may have gone given the main songwriters Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren are no longer involved. Vocalist Ronnie Platt is a more than capable replacement for the retired Steve Walsh. Really looking forward to hearing the full album.
The new single from Tim Arnold or TA+ as he is now known after undergoing a Transhumanism ceremony. It includes VR simulations of #MargotRobbie, #KanyeWest, #JeremyCorbyn, #StephenFry, #Beyonce, #OprahWinfrey, #JulianAssange, #DonaldTrump, #TheresaMay, #Elvis, #LindsayKemp, #JustinTrudeau, #Adele and #SalvadorDali
You can pre-order the single here and it is released on 29 September
If you have not heard any of Tim Arnold’s work start with this song and then pop over to his website. His latest album, ‘The Soho Hobo’, I reviewed last year and can highly recommend.
‘Money Kills Love’ is the new single from UK solo artist Tim Arnold. The track is taken from forthcoming movie Blood Orange starring Iggy Pop, for which Arnold also wrote and produced the theme music. The movie will be screened at cinemas across the UK from May 2016. The single is out on 3rd June 2016.
The song echoes the movie’s central theme of one man facing his own mortality. The title ‘Money Kills Love’ is a line taken directly from the screenplay, spoken by the lead character Bill (played by Iggy).
Arnold also took inspiration for the song from Iggy’s own words during his acclaimed John Peel Lecture in 2014. Arnold said, “It was such an important message I thought it would be crazy not to have it in a song. Iggy said, “If who you are is who you are then that is really hard to steal”. The idea of protecting your individuality, no matter what the risks, resonated with me. It’s a sincere statement.”
After writing the instrumental theme music for Blood Orange, in which the brief was create a piece that reflected how a composer might feel if he was writing his last opus, the film’s producers informed Arnold they also wanted a song that did the same thing.
Arnold said, “I didn’t have a hook to hang Money Kills Love on, so watched the film again. During a speech delivered by Iggy in the film, when he’s imparting his worldly wisdom to a young man, he concludes with the words ‘Money kills love, boy’. It struck me that if you only had three words to pass on to someone before you died, money kills love would be a good choice.
Arnold drew further lyrical inspiration for the song from the late David Bowie. Arnold said, “Over the years, I heard Bowie say a couple of things in interviews that stayed with me so I decided to use them. The lines are “You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race” and “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming”. Bowie was still alive when I wrote the song. Now it’s very dramatic to sing the words at the end of the song.
Oliver Briginshaw, the director for the video for Money Kills Love, also picked up on these Bowie quotes. Arnold said, Oliver saw that I had become three different characters in the song, which is why I end up splitting myself into all three toward the end of the video: the victim, the perpetrator and the witness.”
Iggy Pop and Tim Arnold will both perform at the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 on the Main Stage and Hard Rock Stage, respectively, on Saturday, 11th June. Blood Orange will be screened at the festival on the same day.