It's no secret that RFC's EIC, Amber Valentine, has an intense love for Timber Timbre, the macabre project of Canada's Taylor Kirk. I was already feverently anticipating the many great releases that will pepper the months as 2011 soldiers on when it was announced that Timber Timbre would be returning with a follow up to their 2009 self-titled masterpiece but with that news, my excitement for the coming year grew infinitely. With the unveiling of the first release off of 2011's cleverly titled Creep On Creepin' On, "Black Water", my anticipation reached an all-out fever pitch-fueled obsession, orchestarted by Kirk's latest doo-wop inspired tune so it's needless to say that when I found a copy of Creep On Creepin' On waiting in my inbox for review a week or so ago, I listened to it immeadiately... And when it was over, I listened to it again. And again. And promptly, passionately, reviewed it for sister site Mezzic.
What did I think of Timber Timbre's latest?
"The unnerving elements that were Kirk’s signature on Timber Timbre’s past three releases are still present on Creep On Creepin’ On, particularly on opening track 'Bad Ritual', a song that finds Kirk singing of a 'levitating chair' and the 'poltergeist presence in the frame of the bed', set to a backdrop of otherworldly 'oh's and echoed handclaps. 'Bad Ritual' sets you up for a record not unlike the work Timber Timbre has unveiled in the past but as the album progresses, it becomes evident that Timber Timbre has not only advanced their sounds, but their themes as well.
Creep On Creepin’ On is still a Timber Timbre record, through and through. Instrumental second track 'Obelisk' is anchored with high-pitched violins that recall a Hitchockian aura. 'Too Old To Die Young' haunts with echoing percussion. Later on, 'Do I Have Power' spins a web of seduction as Kirk’s impossibly smooth and eerie vocals are haunted by an aura of auto-harp before dissolving into a saxophone driven jazz-horror nightmare that Danny Elfman wishes he’d composed for a Tim Burton film. Elsewhere on the record, however, tracks like 'Creep On Creepin’ On' and lead single 'Black Water' expose a sunnier side of Kirk musically, drawing heavy influence from Motown and doo wop, reminiscent of Sam Cooke at Halloween. Even the more unnerving qualities of the aforementioned 'Too Old To Die Young' find themselves sharing the stage with an upbeat tempo, with precise guitar searing, before the song morphs into a romantic ballad of loss, violins swelling as Kirk 'burns his bridges', telling the object of his askew desires that he 'won’t come creepin’ to your cross'."
Take a gander at Mezzic for all 1,200 words of Amber's ode to Timber Timbre and pick up a copy of Creep On Creepin' On at your earliest conveinience.While you're at it, keep an eye out right here at Radio Free Chicago for Abby's forthcoming take on Timber Timbre's latest LP before the band hits Chicago and Evanston in May - Just in time for Amber's birthday! Fancy that!