❉ These epic twenty-nine tracks are a blend of songs and spoken word stories which charts Tim’s backstory.
Tim Arnold is back! Hot on the heels of recording his twentieth solo album during the first Lockdown of 2020, he began socially-distanced live gigs from his back garden in North London. The shows were named Salon No. 9 after the number of people that could legally fit socially distanced within that space. Subsequently the live performances resulted in intimate candlelit interactions between Tim and a small but devoted group of friends and fans. Eventually, the shows moved to clubs in Soho for a short time between the lockdowns, with an increased capacity.
Tales From The Tracks is an autobiographical live album recorded between the lockdowns in London, 2020 at a number of locations including at the Salon No. 9 performances, as well as at The Groucho Club and Quo Vadis in Soho, and The Clissold Arms in Muswell Hill which is known as ‘Birthplace of The Kinks’. All tracks are performed by Tim, with actress Kate Alderton (Armageddon Gospels, Sounds to Pictures, Volume Three: Constellations) guesting on four tracks.
The epic twenty nine tracks are a blend of songs and spoken word stories which charts Tim’s backstory; starting with his Britpop days with his band Jocasta, his rehab in a Buddhist monastery and subsequent recovery from addiction in Thailand, his study of ancient Thai methods of making music, then returning to London to conceive The Soho Hobo album and Save Soho, working with Iggy Pop, the creation of his diversity project What Love Would Want with Lindsay Kemp, and right up through to 2020 where he shares the background to the songs on his latest album recorded in lockdown When Staying Alive’s The Latest Craze. This is quite a journey, I’m sure you’ll agree.
❉ ‘Tales From The Tracks’ by Tim Arnold was released on Friday 5 February. Bandcamp: https://timarnold.bandcamp.com/music
❉ Ange Chan is a freelance writer having published six volumes of poetry and two novels of contemporary fiction. She was also a prolific contributor to the David Bowie charity anthology Me and the Starman, (now available by Cult Ink on Amazon) and is a lifelong lover of music in general and synth/electronic music in particular. She was first published in the music press in the 1980s and hasn’t stopped writing, or listening, since. As well as being a frequent and prolific contributor to We Are Cult, she is also working on a long-standing project of her third novel Champagne Flutes and Pixie Boots which she wonders will ever get finished.