Polaris 2011

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Timber Timbre- Creep On Creepin’ On

If you’re into the Canadian indie music scene, you’re aware of the Arts & Crafts roster. In that case, you’re also aware of Timber Timbre, the indie folk trio from Toronto and Montreal. Their Polaris Short List-nominated fourth album, Creep on Creepin’ On, follows in the big footsteps of their previous record. 2009’s Timber Timbre was a Polaris Long List nominee and Eye Weekly’s Album of the Year.
Creepy is definitely one way to describe this album. Taylor Kirk’s vocals have a ghostly, reverberant quality to them.  Combine this with screeching strings and chilling piano work and you’ve got the soundtrack to an old black and white monster movie. Even the jazzy sax and vocals in ‘Black Water‘ stir up images of Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, which was set in New Orleans (not a great movie to watch when you’re 11, by the way).
This album is good, quirky and definitely among the type of bands you see on the Polaris lists year after year. Though not my top choice, I think it does have a chance of winning. It’s also one of the three 2011 Short List albums to which Colin Stetson has contributed (Arcade Fire is the other). Will he be shut out? Listen here and decide.


About J2

What happens when you're a wordsy music aficionado who works for NXNE, CMW, HPX, Olio Music Festival, The JUNOs and Polaris Music Prize? You spend all of your free time blogging about it... Follow on Twitter if you're so inclined: @HearPlugged

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Sound Bites and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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