Upon further listening, I discovered the similarities to Dead Man's Bones weren't baseless, although Timber Timbre seems to lie somewhere in the ether between Gosling's vaudeville project and the acoustic musings of M. Ward's earlier, pre-Monsters of Folk work, only with significantly more horrific lyrics.
"Demon Host" sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album, it's delicate guitar and hooky choir of "Oh, oh, oh"s balanced with imagery of the grim reaper, ghosts and the titular demon. From there, we get "Lay Down in the Tall Grass", which starts off slightly reminiscent of Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You" but soon gives way to a more romantic melody and lyrics about a shallow grave and the narrator's decomposed body. Even the most romantic track on the disc, "We'll Find Out", evokes memories of Frankenstein with lyrics like "You could not accept the fate of 3,000 volts through you". The album comes in a bit short at simply 8 tracks but with a run time of near an hour, the album doesn't seem too brief in the least. After hearing Timber Timbre, you'll have to fight the urge to digest the bands previous two albums in the same sitting.
Creeping insects. benevolent spirits, and seances all make an appearance lyrically but the talent exhibitied on Timber Timbre keeps the project from devolving to the "creepy novelty act" group that Dead Man's Bones seems to have been lumped into.