There must be something in the water in Canada - the amount of dizzyingly innovate artists that continue to spill out of the creative North American hub is inspiring, and Timber Timber slot into that wave. Measured, surreal and consistently pioneering - Sincerly, Future Pollution is the produce of a band at the top of their game.
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I'm not sure what has happened here. Their previous album 'Hot Dreams' was utterly superb throughout - an evocative wander through the back roads of Leonard Cohen, Richard Hawley, Portishead but the ball has either been dropped in a Gary Sprake like manner or Timber Timbre have simply shifted too far out of my enjoyment zone.
Opener 'Velvet Gloves & Spit' is enjoyable enough in a kind of mid 80's David Lynch manner with soft soothing synths and Chris Isaak style vocals. So far, so 'Blue Velvet' put the first concerns come on the burbling funk of 'Grifting' which batters around without any real affect on the listener. The feel here seems to be somewhere between a depressed Future Islands and a half asleep Richard Hawley. Many tracks are built around the kind of soft smooth synth lines that were de rigeur in mid '80s power ballads employed as a kind of dreamy, tired atmospheric slo-mo pop.
All of which is (sigh) ok - we're in 'Tunnel of Love' era Bruce Springsteen territory generally and this does yield some good results. My favourite track 'Sewer Blues' is like Roy Orbison crooning over the 'Drive' soundtrack with an infectious chorus twist. The record has an appealingly dark underbelly which provides some cinematic moments but I'm bored and there are too many guitar solos. A particularly gruesome one towards the end of 'Skin Tone' is almost enough to destroy the record single handedly. 'Bleu Nuit' is an awful pointless instrumental with nods to Hermann and Carpenter but not much in the way of originality.
I wanted to like this record but despite a few inspiring moments I'm going to have to pass on it. There are others in the office who think it the bees knees so perhaps you will squeeze more enjoyment out of it than I have but finding anything unique in it has made me as tired as they sound.
7/10 Ashley 12th April 2017
'Hot Dreams' this album is not. Having said that I think I'm quite enjoying it none the less. First listen I was totally bemused and quite frankly not quite sure what the hell was going on with not only a change of direction in relation to previous releases but changes of direction within the album itself.
It begins with a soft 'synth' number 'Velvet Gloves & Spit' which is a pleasant listen with the is it speaking or is it singing vocals (which I personally love) of Taylor Kirk. The next two tracks are the curve balls of the album 'Grifting' and 'Skin Tone' the prior potentially drifting into a synth funk sound and one I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with. More traditional sounding Timber Timbre is restored with 'Sewer Blues', my favourite track on the record. It ends with a nice track titled 'Floating Cathedral' which isn't as busy as the rest of the album and floats along nicely.
This album may grow on me in time, but the question is when I'm wanting a hit of Timber Timbre am I going to pick this up more than 'Hot Dreams'? Probably not.
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