Seven Songs: Timber Timbre

Wednesday, 6 October 2010, 8:02 | Category : Seven Songs
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I’ve taken a long time to arrive at Timber Timbre. The self-titled album first came out in January 2009, but has only now got a proper UK release, so well done to Full Time Hobby for picking up such an special record. It’s one to give some time to, because repeated listening is well rewarded. Songwriter Taylor Kirk eschews the traditional verse-chorus-verse approach so you’re not going to be readily humming the songs in the shower. Instead, you’ll be gradually entranced by the oddball spookiness of these eight songs. They’re sparse affairs with a tremendous sense of space and a general air of unease typified in lyrics about demon hosts, pale horses and being dug out of a grave with a Swiss army knife, all offset by the eerie wheeze of Taylor’s organ. It’s a dusty backwoods tale, a bit like Bon Iver but with the redemption replaced by a creeping sense of dread.

I didn’t see Timber Timbre at End of the Road festival recently, but no-one did. They didn’t appear on the Saturday for their main stage slot, but asking why was not on my mind when popping some questions to Taylor (I’m sure there were good reasons). Instead I popped the usual seven questions about Seven Songs.

1. A song that’s been in your head today
Hey Good Looking by Hank Williams

2. A song that’s inspired you to do what you’re doing now
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

3. The best song you’ve heard in the past week
Luscious Life by Patrick Watson

4. A song that you think everybody should hear
Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst

5. A song that you’re enjoying playing live
Until the Night is Over

6. A song from an album that you’re enjoying just now
Small from Portishead’s Third

7. A song you were listening to while you were recording your new album
Henry Plainview by Johnny Greenwood from There will be Blood soundtrack

mp3: Timber Timbre - Demon Host

Timber Timbre ‘Demon Host’ by fulltimehobby

Timber Timbre is out now on Full Time Hobby. Buy from Rough Trade or download from emusic.

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