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Timber Timbre - Bad Ritual
Aug 23, 2011
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With a moniker referring to an early series of recordings made in a timber-framed cabin set in the wooded outskirts of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Timber Timbre is a Canadian music project consisting of multi-instrumentalists Taylor Kirk, Simon Trottier and Mika Posen.

Over the course of four records -- 2006's Cedar Shakes, 2007's Medicinals, 2009's Timber Timbre, and the 2011 Creep On Creepin' On) -- this deeply rooted, raggedy blues threesome has undergone a stylistic evolution, recently being described as beautifully restrained folk artists, creating an aesthetic that is both cinematic and somewhat spooky.

A follow-up to 2009's self-titled release, 2011's Creep on Creepin' On (via Arts & Crafts), is a step forward in the realization of their ability to simultaneously explore new grounds musically and disguise the most essential elements of pop and rock music with chilling authenticity. With Kirk's rich crooning parallel to that of Devendra Banhart and fluidly freaky instrumentals comparable to Dead Man's Bones, each track carries a gentle-yet-dark atmospheric spirit paired with distinct acoustics that is both haunting and beautiful.

The opening track, "Bad Ritual," sets the tone of the album with ghoulish vibratos and eerie piano beats giving a sense of horror movie paranoia and strong curiosity of what will happen next. "Creep On Creepin' On" is a sunnier, romance-infused track equipped with gorgeous violins, oscillating chords, sultry saxophone blows and repetitive tambourine jingles. Packed to the gills with passionately bold, compellingly bleak and chilling tracks, Creep On Creepin' On is unlike albums previously released and listeners should be encouraged to go outside and partake in some cheerful activities after listening.

Kicking off their European tour this August, click here to see if Timber Timbre is visiting a venue near you.
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