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Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre

Released on Arts & Crafts, 7/28/09

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Timber Timbre’s self-titled third album is the audio equivalent of sitting on a porch in New Orleans, drinking sweet iced tea and watching a funeral crowd roll by.

Mellow and skillfully performed, redolent of nostalgia for more than one great musical decade and yet with a timeless Southern vibe, this is the sort of album people of all ages who appreciate great music will love. Taylor Kirk has a voice so gorgeously rich and soulful it’s a revelation, and the inclusion of a gospel chorus in the background on “We’ll Find Out” fits like a well worn pair of jeans. Kirk describes his style as “Gothic Rockabilly Blues”, and that’s probably about as good an approximation of Timber Timbre’s sound as you’re going to get.

The gothic angle is, for those who love all things dark and dangerous but who’re getting a little bored with the current crop of identikit goth bands, perhaps the best thing about Timber Timbre. They’re gothic in a subtler, more classic way than the Hot Topic bands, achieving the gothic atmosphere through minor keys, mournful vocals and poignantly regretful lyrics.

There honestly isn’t a bad track on this album, or even a mediocre one. It’s a perfectly crafted little slice of a particular kind of nostalgic Southern Americana. In fact the most surprising thing about Timbre Timbre is that they’re Canadian. Tracks like “Lay Down In The Tall Grass” are so deeply Southern-inflected that you’d swear they must have been written in Mississippi in the 1950. That’s the other interesting thing about Timber Timbre -- from the production on “Magic Arrow” to the organ on “Until The Night Is Over”, this album feels as old-school and authentic as your favorite vintage LPs.

Well played, Timber Timbre.