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Jimmy Bowens | This Used to Be the Way Home

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This Used to Be the Way Home

by Jimmy Bowens

Poignant, honest, fireside acoustic folk and alternative pop music
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 4am and the Imperfection
4:59 album only
2. La Boheme in You
4:45 album only
3. Bathroom Apocalypse
6:24 album only
4. I Met Your Gaze in the Reflection of the Medicine Cabinet Mirror
5:03 album only
5. The Death of a Relative
5:37 album only
6. Villain Sonnet
4:49 album only
7. A Stab in the Dark
5:38 album only
8. The Graveyard of Intent
5:03 album only
9. This Used to Be the Way Home
6:09 album only
10. Let Her In
5:49 album only
11. Forever Lullaby
9:05 album only


Album Notes
My name is Jimmy Bowens. I’m a musician from Ireland. I sing about death, love, not getting to sleep and small towns on the edge of the sea which inspire me forever. I love music and I love to think about people liking my music.
For the past three months I’ve been coddled up in my small bedroom in the South Korean countryside trying to record a whole album by myself. It’s got eleven songs and they were all recorded in an unused room where I work, my kitchen and my bedroom. I think you can hear my bedroom in some songs, others you can tell there is a kitchen there somewhere, I love that about this CD, the rustic, honest and frank production is everything I hoped it would be. I loved making it and in the process I figured out a little bit more about who I am and that’s just fine with me.
I asked a few different people way back when this album was being born in my head what names they would give imaginary songs, one of those became the title of the CD and three others are there on the track list today. In a way, that summarizes my approach to writing, people just tell me inadvertently what to write and then I use my own feelings to give those accidental ideas life in my music.
‘this used to be the way home’ is about wondering where the time you thought you had to figure your life out has gone. It’s about nostalgia, staying awake at night, winter in your home town, child vampires, bohemian relationships, forgetting, remembering and death.
My music is mainly modern acoustic with hints and pinches of electronica. I like long melodies and sombre tones and I try hard to achieve a specific atmosphere within each song. I like to think that this album will create a vivid world for you when you listen to it.
I still believe in the concept album and I have arranged the songs to represent a journey, each song is a particular place along the way and hopefully you can experience the relationship each song has to the next. The characters on the cover are the protagonists and you are the silent watcher. I hope you enjoy my album.
Thanks for reading this far down my first person bio and if you write to me I promise I’ll write back whether you like my songs or not. Also, if you would like me to play at your party, or in your garden, pub or on the side of a street you like, let me know. I’m always open for adventure.

Love yourself.




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So Good!
I love this album. I find myself listening to it during quiet times. It is the perfect Ipod album, earphones in, writing in my journal, quitely listening. Very well done. Find myself already singing it aloud.

claire f.

beautiful melodic songs with great lyrics - his best album yet!


For those looking for an adventure in the melancholy, look no further than "this used to be the way home..." by Jimmy Bowens. The album has a pensive quality that reflects the emotional state of our world in uncertain times. While the album has a sadness to it, the melodies also conjure feelings of reflection and contentment much like that of a favourite childhood memory brought back into view.

Favourites on this album include:

"Villain Sonnet"

"La Boheme in You"

"Bathroom Apocalypse"

Peters at CD Baby

It's hard not to relate and get a little heartbroken when listening to Ireland's Jimmy Bowens sing that "Romance is dead and gone" (La Boheme in You) and "Things keep getting harder and harder all the time" (A Stab in the Dark), and while not every song is quite that forthcoming with its sentiment, some the song titles give you a good idea of what's on his mind: "The Death of a Relative," "This used to be the way home." Love gone wrong, lover's quarrels, disappoint, and even finding a corpse in a car are all mused upon. Musically, Bowens treads the same path that Bon Iver, Iron & WIne, and even David Gray do. It's good modern folk, frequently with doubled vocals and some occasional electronic elements.


it's like reading a lifelong memorable storybook with ur ears..


It's something
you have never heard before, voice so cool and unique and deep.

Neil Hogan

Fall into it...
This is the kind of album I love to listen to when I'm able to delve into the words. I was going to write that I think it's and honest poignant, but someone beat me to it. Instead, I'll add that's as heartfelt as I've found since hearing the soundtrack in Once. Great work.


Emotive, folky goodness
I was rather annoyed to have to buy a low-quality CD-R, especially since there is no concession on price, nor is it a limited/signed run. But I digress...

The music itself does not disappoint -- more of the same folky goodness present in the demo clips; a pleasant mix of heartfelt lyrics and suitably evocative guitar strumming that transport you right into Jimmy's world.