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Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On

Posted on 12 May 2011 by Joe

Creepy and evocative is how one of our Facebook followers Jana Elizabeth recently referred to this fourth album from Canada’s Timber Timbre and we can’t argue with that.

Featuring core multi-instrumentalist members Taylor Kirk, Mika Posen and Simon Trottier the album is one of those that seems to inhabit another universe that is part 1950’s B-movie soundtrack, part 50s garage rock and roll, part serious classical music.

It’s a strange mix that works and has conjured up one of the best albums of the year, thanks to Kirk’s soulfully odd (or should that be oddly soulful) vocals and the added instrumentation of pianist Mathieu Charbonneau and saxophonist Colin Stetson to add to its vintage charm.

The end result is something like a cross between Grizzly Bear’s excellent 2009 album Veckatimest, M Ward and Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.

Among the highlights is the instrumental Swamp Magic that evokes images of B movie and comic book characters like Swamp Thing and the Creature of the Black Lagoon emerging from the swampy water.

Others are the title track and Black Water, which have rightly been earmarked as singles as the two tracks that stick with you and are the most accessible of the bunch.

Another highlight for us was Woman, where Stetson’s saxophone intro slowly morphs into a sci-fi style wall of reverbed guitar and echo chambers, before halting for Kirk’s reverbed ’50s crooning to bring some calm.

This is a marvellous,  ambitious album that gets better  and less scary with each listen.

8.5/10

by Joe Lepper

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