Tim Wheeler - 'Lost Domain'

With a little help from his friends the Ash frontman evokes grand ballrooms on his debut solo album

  • Release Date 10 Nov, 2014
  • Record Label Sony Red
7 / 10
When an indie frontman makes a solo album, going trad is often the easy option. Credit to Ash’s Tim Wheeler, then, as rather than just bashing out a half-hearted country record or pulling a Johnny Borrell, his first solo outing evokes orchestral ballrooms in tribute to his late father George, lost to dementia. With the help of Andy Burrows, Neon Indian and the London Metropolitan Orchestra, he constructs pop heartbreakers dissecting their last moments together and the grief-stricken aftermath (‘Hospital’, ‘Vigil’, ‘Hold’) capped with his trademark chest-burster choruses. It can be a harrowing listen, but Wheeler sugars the anguish with slabs of OMD synthpop on the title track and 10-minute centrepiece ‘Medicine’.

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