It's no secret that I'm insanely excited for the forthcoming year. On a personal level, my life seems to have stopped being "bittersweet" and just started being "sweet", which is cool, but in true Amber Valentine fashion, my anticipation for the year to come has little to do with what's happening in my "hot half life" and more to do with the music that will soundtrack the next eleven months.From long time favorites like Okkervil River and Lightning Love to acts I've only just begun a love affair with like Chris Bathgate and Great Lakes Myth Society's Timothy Monger, 2011 is shaping up to be the best year of music I've had the pleasure of living through. Imagine how much your parents were on pins and needles every time a new Beatles or Stones record's release date drew near. That's how I feel right now.
Even so, nothing's better than a surprise release from your favorite band. In the golden age of technology that we live in, fans are constantly connected with their favorite acts. For instance, months before Okkervil River's latest disc was announced, everyone knew the band was in the studio as lead singer, Austin's dreamiest dude, Will Sheff, tweeted about the experience daily. What came as a complete shock, however, was the fact that one of my personal favorite bands, Timber Timbre, would be releasing a new album in April. It was less than a year and a half ago that the Canadian act, lead by Taylor Kirk, released my favorite album of 2009, their self titled third disc, and even I, with my ear constantly to the Timber Timbre-related ground, had nary a clue that the band was recording, let alone releasing a disc in a matter of a short few months (70 days yesterday by my count, I do believe). So yesterday morning, when I checked my e-mail to find a "Timber Timbre Announces New Record, Creep On Creepin' On, Available 4/5", it was one of the most wonderfully exciting moments of my life.
I could wax poetic on why Kirk is so wonderful and why Creep On Creepin' On might just usurp Okkervil River's I Am Very Far as my top disc of 2011 but instead, I'll just leave you with the Creep On Creepin' On promotional video so you can start to get as excited as me.
Get more of Canada's premire purveyors of murder ballads via the band's amazingly bone chilling Daytrotter session. The version of "No Bold Villain" from the Horseshack rivals the already perfect album version!
Sidenote: Creep On Creepin' On. Best album title of all time? I think so! At the very least, it is ridiculously apt for Timber Timbre.
Another Sidenote: When I saw the e-mail announcing Timber Timbre's new disc, I excited sent out a mass text to a number of my friends that read, all in caps, "New Timber Timbre Record on April 5th!" No one was as excited as me. This leads me to believe I need cooler friends.