Twilight Fields previews his new LP with a cover of Bruce Cockburn's Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Twilight Fields presents his own rendition of Lovers in a Dangerous Time, a tribute to Canadian songwriter activist Bruce Cockburn and a reminder that the issues that were relevant in 1984 are still in the spotlight. The single Lovers in a Dangerous Time is being released ahead of the new LP Songs from the Age of Ruin, slated for release next month.
Twilight Fields is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson, who single-handedly handles all writing, playing, engineering, mixing, mastering for this project, in addition to designing everything himself from his home studio in North Bay, Ontario.
Songs from the Age of Ruin is a warning to the present and an apology to a possible future. This uneasy but compelling song cycle begins with the bombing of Hiroshima and absurdities of the atomic age and proceeds to tackle such difficult topics as homelessness and economic inequalities (Lazarus), the evils of populism and political repression (Demagogue, Taken Away), the toxicity of social media communication (Offended), animal rights (The Animal’s Song), and the utter stupidity of war (Soldier Song). It concludes with a three-part “climate change suite” (Loss, Barren Planet, Why Did We Do It?) that lays bare the tragic human consequences of catastrophic climate change.
“I wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest protest singers in music history, my fellow Canadian Bruce Cockburn,” explains Allister Thompson. This album pays grateful homage to such artists as Billy Bragg, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Midnight Oil, and The Levellers, as well as other artists influencing his music like Leon Rosselson, Bob Dylan, Robert Wyatt, and Phil Ochs. Apart from the current single, the album also features a cover of Thin Lizzy's song Holy War.
Allister Thompson has had a varied musical career, initially playing with Toronto-based glam-rock band Crash Kelly, together with Sean Kelly (now guitarist for Nelly Furtado), and opening for such notable artists as The Black Crowes and Alice Cooper. He later veered towards making traditional folk music, progressive rock and ambient music, recording several ambient rock albums as Twilight Fields and numerous albums of ambient / Krautrock / psychedelia under the monikers The Gateless Gate and Khan Tengri.
The full album Song from the Age of Ruin LP will be released on February 1, 2019 and can be ordered via Bandcamp.