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Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre

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Album Review

Hot Dreams arrived almost exactly three years after the release of Timber Timbre's breakthrough Creep on Creepin' On, a set whose high-drama darkness predicted the Lynchian feel that seeped into a lot of indie music released after it (including David Lynch's own albums). Grander and more ambitious, the band's fifth album may also be even more surreal than its predecessor. It's certainly one of the most singular-sounding albums issued in 2014. Where the band mined rockabilly and doo wop to otherworldly, lonesome effect on Creep on Creepin' On, here they explore the underbelly of psychedelic rock, lounge, soul, and country in ways that are just as unsettling but more urbane-sounding. "Curtains?!" tops its gritty rhythm section with trippy synths and hovers somewhere between ominous and hallucinatory; "Grand Canyon" and "Run from Me" build spaghetti Western balladry to operatic heights; and the instrumental "Resurrection Drive Part II" allows the album's sparkling, uneasy arrangements and instrumentation a turn in the spotlight. Hot Dreams' sounds are so striking that it's easy to forget that Timber Timbre have an equally vivid way with words. The album's opening panorama of destruction and decay, "Beat the Drum Slowly," is majestic enough with its portentous drums, flutes, and vibraphone, but Taylor Kirk's imagery of "celluloid ashes" and "yards marked by emerald coffins" elevates it into something epic. Seductive corruption and menace wend their way through all of Hot Dreams, from the brilliantly cynical "Bring Me Simple Men," which combines spy movie theme intrigue with dazzling wordplay ("Every big shot is a hunter/Every hunter's got his prey/You can tell me I'm a good sport/But that doesn't make me game"), to "This Low Commotion"'s curdled love, which throws the strange purity of Creep on Creepin' On's backwoods devotion into even sharper relief. It all culminates on Hot Dreams' title track, where Kirk croons "I want to follow up on all my threats and promises to you, baby" over syrupy, longing soul, capturing the light and shadow of a relationship the way that few others besides Bill Callahan can. Throughout the album, Kirk is as versatile and committed as an actor, which goes a long way toward ensuring that the styles and poses Timber Timbre adopt feel genuine from moment to moment. While Hot Dreams is slightly less immediate than Creep on Creepin' On, its potent cocktail of menace, glamour, and vulnerability is nothing less than transporting.

Customer Reviews

Not boring

Timber timbre are musically amazing it's like listening to a horror stories from the south with there bayou sound that rattles the window of my car I've preordered this and can't wait to have the whole cd, every cd they've made has been amazing an can only expect more great things from this wonderful group

Best Band Ever

From the first moment I heard the eerie sound that is Timber Timbre I have been possessed by it. I imagine this new album will be as good as the previous ones. I wish the early released song Hot Dreams was a bit darker and mischievous; however, it still does not disappoint. I look forward to hearing the rest and hopefully many more albums in the future. I would also love to see more vinyl prints of every album released.

Great Band

Looking forward to this album, solid songwriting in the past with great musicianship.

The poise and care in every song is astonishing and not something 1 star reviewers could ever hope to understand.

Thank you Timber Timbre


Born: Ontario Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The haunted-sounding Canadian indie folk act Timber Timbre feature singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Kirk, who is supported by keyboardist/percussionist/violinist Mika Posen and guitarist/percussionist Simon Trottier. Taking inspiration for the project's name from a cabin in Ontario where Kirk made some of his first recordings, Timber Timbre released two albums, 2006's Cedar Shakes and the following year's Medicinals, independently before signing to the Canadian imprint Arts & Crafts....
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