Timber Timbre
Creep On Creepin' On


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
May 21st, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


"It's a bad, bad ritual,
But it calms me down."

That is your introduction to "Creep On Creeping On", the forth album from the Canadian folk collective Timber Timbre. It drones on repeatedly into your head, as depressing as it is oddly romantic, with "ohs" and strings swelling in the background, not the kind of feeling we've come to expect from Folk music, but it is certainly a refreshing one. But it isn't just Folk music that Timber Timbre are limiting themselves to, their album also shyly edges into blues.

Timber Timbre displays a knack for these small, poetic self observations, casually explaining that "All I need is some sunshine" in "Black Water" - lyrics like these are born from isolation and the music is richer for it, creating an atmosphere of damp, dark gloom. This isn't the kind of sadness we're accustomed to hearing via. high-pitched whining, this is the gruff reality of loneliness and hopelessness. And it's fantastic.

The vocals reflect this in their deep, rumbling tones, sometimes lingering on a word a little too long or slurring but it does build the atmosphere, something Timber Timbre have obviously been keen to create. If accounts are to be believed they recorded some of the album in a converted church just for this purpose, as well as this they incorporate a wide variety of ambient effects. The feel of each song ranges from sad and reminiscent to, at times, haunting and a bit creepy; this is best displayed in the excessive use of strings in songs such as "I'm Too Old To Die Young".

Oddly enough, Timber Timbre do not fall into the trap of repeating the same tone and feel until it becomes monotonous. "Creep On Creeping On" ends with "Souvenirs", an instrumental piece just as beautiful as it is captivating. "Do I have Power" also bucks the trend by breaking off into a kind of manic, horn-led waltz half way through.

Sadly, it could be said, the most obvious thing about this album is how much it contrasts with the "Mumford and Sons" view of folk that many of us have been subjected to for the last few years. The "happy-beardy-men dancing round a fire with the fairies" view. "Creep On Creeping On" acts as the fish slapping you in the face, while folk often describes things that are almost surreal, Timber Timbre remain firmly entrenched in reality. Sullen, frank, depressing reality.

No boundaries are pushed in "Creep On Creeping On", so it would be wrong to expect something truly unique and awe-inspiring. As it stands, it's a solid folk/blues album from a songwriter capable of an uncountable amount of intelligent one liners that seems to have been sadly overlooked.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also feedback, while not necessary, would be kinda nice (:

Drsmith4
May 21st 2011


1715 Comments


Never heard of these guys, and they don't sound like my cup of tea, but this is a good review. Could use some proofreading (forth, for example, should be 'fourth'), and it reads awkwardly at times, but it's clear enough, and by the end I felt you'd successfully summarized the album's sound. So yeah, have a pos.

Xplisit
May 21st 2011


1646 Comments


ive been trying to find this album for quite awhile now

liledman
May 22nd 2011


3826 Comments


heard bad ritual which is pretty cool

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@drsmith4: I see what you mean about awkwardness. I had some trouble writing the review so that probably explains that one xD

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, "is there no one else?"

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Obviously not... ):

thebhoy
Emeritus
May 22nd 2011


4461 Comments


I found this so bland and plodding.

poopideedoop
May 25th 2011


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is amazing. i saw these guys play in ottawa and there were awesome. they played in a church too, which created a spooky ambiance. i like your review, but i would say that this is something that is truly unique. there are no other bands that sound like timber timbre

G3N3R1C
June 25th 2011


1945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is kinda reminding me of "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes" by TV on the Radio. Similar atmosphere and such. I like it.

luschlotz
October 23rd 2011


993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bad Ritual is MADE for Dexter.... or at least thats my impression

LordePots
March 26th 2014


7402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new one is currently streamable

Grand Canyon is amazing

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