Do you know who you are? Or why? These are the questions Tim tries to answer on the title track, and inevitably he fails. Even a summer spent at a nudist colony off the coast of South Africa couldn't help him uncover his basic nature, though he did find a lot of loose change he thought he'd lost.
"As luck would have it though, Mr Bick seems a witty character and if his humorous bio isn’t enough to lift the mood, then the tongue-in-cheek air of his indie chart topper ‘Ariège’ is certainly capable of getting the job done. Don’t be kidded however, into thinking that what we’ve got here is a novelty record or a throwaway play thing, because behind the dry-wit lyrics and quirky vocal approach is a well put together tune that boasts an unfussy and really likeably catchy main melody. Built around blocky piano notes and the type of sparkly guitar riffs beloved of mop-topped indie finger-wagglers, ‘Ariège’ wears its sixties – and in particular Lennon – influence proudly on its colourful military jacket sleeve, but there’s more up to date resonance too, both in the shape of Britpop luminaries Suede and The Bluetones, or Bick’s current home town brethren The Electric Soft Parade. A new dawn it is not, but a smart execution of a sound that’s retained its popularity from decade to decade it certainly is." - Andy Leigh, Chartburst.com
released December 14, 2014
Composed and performed by Tim Bick
Mastering by Noel Summerville at 3345
Cover photography: Jason Hook
Bone xylophone supplied by Archer's Butchery