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Canuck Kirk “Timber Timbre” Taylor (“Soldier Spy”) returns with a new album this week, and no sooner do I start writing about it than Kim comes over saying it’s like Nat King Cole and Roy Orbison and Leonard Cohen. “It’s like a big hotchpotch of things that are really good all channeling into something that sounds alright,” she insists.
Timber "Tim Brooke” Taylor impressed us all with his last one, 2011’s ‘Creep On Creepin’ On’, and ‘Hot Dreams’ is proving similarly popular around the office. “Bit Portishead bit Richard Hawley!” exclaims one of our post-it goblins on his hurriedly-scrawled note on its front cover, which sums it up quite nicely actually. Ultimately Taylor is peddling his twist on the real man singing real songs schtick; slow, sultry, ambitiously arranged pop with an undercurrent of something very dark and broken.
In ‘Curtains!’ he’s channelling ‘Red Right Hand’-era Nick Cave and ‘Mamouna’-era Bryan Ferry over a Nationalesque backing of moody analogue synth drones and jarring little piano stabs, and ‘Ressurection Drive Part II’ sounds like a David Lynch deconstruction of the Psychedelic Furs, full of wibbly tape manipulation that makes everything sound slightly out of tune in a gorgeously spooky and unresolved way.
The songs are simple and the arrangements and tones are carefully arranged and straight to the point, making for an album that is expansive without ever sounding self-important or ostentatious. Good songs, well delivered.
9/10 Roger Duthie 31st March 2014
I wandered into Timber Timbre at End of the Road 2011 by accident. Literally. Dondering into the big top tent I found myself in the midst of an eerie sonic seance that was taking place. When I got home I found the first two albums and listened and listened and listened and failed to get bored. Some people may say this is a one-trick pony, I say BAH! For this is a good trick! This album is very similar in content to the previous, but with a freshened sonic palette a more open arrangement in the instrumentations. Where the other albums are dark, this opens it up into a larger space. Out of the woods and into the dinner hall in the mental hospital - they're doing a lovely steak diane (Diane). It is definitely for those who love Lynch. For those want the soul of Haxan Cloak, with the sound of Nick Cave.
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