Album review: Timber Timbre, “Sincerely, Future Pollution”

by Jon E. Lynch

Timber Timbre, “Sincerely, Future Pollution”

Available: Friday, April 7, via City Slang Records in all the usual formats: Digital download, compact disc, and standard black vinyl. Also available in limited-edition 180-gram clear vinyl, with deluxe packaging that includes a gatefold jacket, tip-on cover and foil print.

Spring is pretty alright. For many reasons, of course, but for the more-than-excitable fans of the gamut of musical experience, it connotes a weekly crop of new and exciting releases. It is an obvious correlation when pointed out. Bands/artists want to release their new records in the spring in advance of summer tours. This Friday alone is stacked with a slew of highly anticipated (well, highly anticipated by ME anyway) releases: Diet Cig, Father John Misty, Guided by Voices, Happyness, and Timber Timbre, just to name a very, very select few.

For the sake of music as art and doing your part to keep your local independent record store in business, please go out and support them. Please please please. I am begging you. I do not want to live in a town without a local record shop. Ours happens to kick ass. If you are reading this outside of Durango, hopefully you, too, have a kick-ass local record store that you can support.

SO, Timber Timbre. I stumbled on to this band somewhere around their third, self-titled LP back in 2009. The Canadian gothic/dark folk(?) outfit is releasing their sixth full-length album this Friday. Present still are the unique, baritone vocals of multi-instrumentalist Taylor Kirk. His delivery and cadence have become, to me, perhaps the most recognizable sonic texture of the band, along with Mathieu Charbonneau’s approach to keyboards. Sometimes lush and dense, sometimes perfectly minimalist, but certainly their own stylistically. “Sincerely, Future Pollution” weaves heavy themes and dystopian drones into one of the year’s best records released thus far.

Recommended for fans of Morphine, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Black Heart Procession, 16 Horsepower, or Feast of Wire-era Calexico

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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