Ian Anderson guests on the new TILES album “Pretending 2 Run”


Ian Anderson guests on the new TILES album “Pretending 2 Run”

Detroit-based prog-rockers TILES have released their new 2-CD concept album “Pretending 2 Run” – which features Jethro Tull flautist Ian Anderson on the song “Midwinter”.

Produced by Terry Brown (Rush), “Pretending 2 Run” is an ambitious and richly crafted song cycle that spins the tale of a man blindsided and disillusioned by betrayal. Brooding and expressive, the band explores the dark subject matter by blending stylistically diverse musical elements.

TILES guitarist Chris Herin relates: “Ian has kindly helped us in the past with several promotional quotes beginning with our third album ‘Presents of Mind’. Over the years we floated the idea of him making a guest appearance and eventually the timing was right.  We sent Ian a moody atmospheric tune and he wove some cool melodies in between vocal phrases; then cuts loose with his trademark flute improvising during the song’s long ride out solo. I think I listened to it ten times to make sure it really happened – what a thrill for us and what a generous gesture from an icon of progressive rock!”

‘Rubbing elbows’ with Ian on “Pretending 2 Run” is an impressive list of additional guest collaborators including Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), alternative violinist Joe Deninzon, and many other notable musicians.

Hear Ian on ‘Midwinter’ streaming here.

Buy your very own digital copy of “Pretending 2 Run” (includes Hugh Syme’s lush 28-page booklet):



Or…, indulge in the tactile experience of the elaborate 2-CD digipak:

(US) https://www.lasercd.com/cd/pretending-2-run-2cd