An Introduction to Timber Timbre in 10 Songs

@ Caro Desilets
@ Caro Desilets
Megan King

Canadian kings of freak folk, Timber Timbre have recently been in Germany touring the latest of their impressive six-album catalogue, Sincerely, Future Pollution. Get to know this underrated band through our 10 favorite Timber Timbre songs from a decade of dark, delectable music.

Hailing from Toronto, the mastermind behind the band is Taylor Kirk. The frontman has a powerful, arresting-veering-on-creepy presence on stage, with theatrical gestures counterbalanced with restrained, deep and smooth vocals to create their signature raggedy, swampy blues sound that seems to ascend from an alternate universe. The band, which has been labeled anything from “southern gothic” to “psychedelic freak folk” has been together for almost 20 years, growing a relatively underground, but loyal, and increasingly international following over the years, along with a slew of prestigious independent awards. Their music is absolute gold: humorous, disturbing, poetic and successful in striking an uncanny balance between highly charged and energetic orchestrations with dreamy, drifting melodies.

The album cover of Sincerely, Future Pollution – a document of our generation’s degradation and one that Kirk describes as the band’s best effort yet

“There is a Cure” – Medicinals (2007)

“And there is a cure for this
And it starts with one deep breath
But the air was never sweet enough
Oh, the air was never sweet”

“Lay Down in the Tall Grass” – Timber Timbre (2009)

“I dreamt you found me out in a field
You tripped over my site
And you dug me out of a shallow grave
With your Swiss Army knife”

“Bad Ritual” – Creep On Creepin’ On (2011)

“And I saw your levitating chair
I found your long blond hairs
I felt your poltergeist presence in the frame of the bed”

“Do I Have Power” – Creep On Creepin’ On (2011)

“In a movement of a thousand helping hands
I am not beyond the saccharine of sycophantic rants
In a moment of a wilderness exposed
Is this lack of wisdom better than a charismatic soul”

“Black Water” – Creep On Creepin’ On (2011)

“I found empathy from madness
Deliverance from malaise
My heart is filled with gladness
And you’re the only spirit that I crave”

“Beat the Drum Slowly” – Hot Dreams (2014)

“The family jewels, the swimming pool
Yards marked by emerald coffins
We heard crimes often and softly
A mystery mist, new systems shift”

“Hot Dreams” – Hot Dreams (2014)

“I wanna rise, I wanna rise, I wanna rise up beside you
I want to be, I want to be, I want to be a champion in your eyes
And I will follow through, follow through on all my promises and threats to you, babe
Hot streams, hot streams will fork and divide, fork and divide”

“Velvet Gloves and Spit” – Sincerely, Future Pollution (2017)

“But I once saw the touch of your velvet hand upon my face
I recall velvet gloves and spit and your embrace
And I wanted nothing else”

“Sewer Blues” – Sincerely, Future Pollution (2017)

“This knowledge that despite the angel you assume
Commander alibi
I’ll surrender to the fume
It’s all fleshed out, fleshed out and forgotten now”

“Grifting” – Sincerely, Future Pollution (2017)

“Grift the true believer
Grift the great achiever
Grift the Great Deceiver”

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