Timbre
Sun & Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
April 28th, 2015 | 19 replies


Release Date: 04/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We call heaven and its light, to retune our strings, to bring beauty to our dissonance.

Is the way you see and hear beauty the same way in which I see and hear it" If not, how can we ever possibly hope to arrive at something close to the same definition of beauty as one another" You might find it in a delicate fragment of a lyric you somehow relate to; a vitriolic, ***-the-system punk spirit; an absolutely shredding solo; or one of those moments in music when all the elements slot together and make that perfect harmony. I'm not going to even try and answer those questions here, but I will say this: if there were ever anything approaching a universal definition for harmonious, or beautiful, it might just be somewhere inside Sun & Moon.

You may know Timbre as the harpist who's been making the rounds in guest appearances over the last decade or so, getting a credit alongside lofty names like Jack White, The Chariot and (best of all) mewithoutYou. There is nothing in common stylistically, though thematically there is an echo of Weiss' spiritualistic voyeurism here, with the visceral emotions removed and replaced by a deep, full contentment. Sun & Moon is music for the end of a journey, for the rising sun, for knowing that you are exactly where you were always meant to be.

The quiet hum and ragged delivery of "The Persistence of First Love" strongly recalls Post-era Bjork, whilst longer epics like "St. Cecilia" make good use of Timbre's considerable skill with the harp and classical music background to create a mystical fog that's like being in Rivendell, the White Lodge and freakin' Narnia all at the same time. There is an operatic feel to the vocals in songs like "Morning Birds" and "Sunset" - enhanced by the heavenly choir on "St. Cecilia" - which reflect her interest in mirroring classical music with the contemporary. You'd be forgiven for thinking at points that the angels were ushering you into the afterlife with feathery wings, glistening harps and pre-made spaghetti.

But the sun goes down, and the moon has a dark side, and so accordingly there are two contrasting but complementary sides here. In keeping with the Sun and Moon theme, the two sides of the album (the second beginning fittingly with "Sunset" as the first began with "Sunrise") mirror one another. Moon is hushed, tranquil, and sticks more to conventional song structures: Sun is expansive, grand and much more free-flowing. If you're struggling with making it through the whole work in one go, think of them as two sister albums, sun and moon, yin and yang; the Amnesiac to each other's Kid A.

So yes, more than eighty minutes of someone singing with a harp and some other pretty instruments might seem like a slog. But look a little closer, look at the sheer detail, the recurring motifs, the thematic cohesion. Listen to that goddamn moment at the end of "Chicago Pier" where, like I said earlier, every element of the music just comes together and it just flows, man, like six different streams creating a river, or six different flavours creating a delicious smoothie. Moments like this are what it's all about, the rush and swell, glorious transformations: that feeling of coming close to what might just, in the end, be real beauty.



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in a long long long time



fuck I hate the recommended by reviewer section with all my heart



listen to this folks

Digging: St. Vincent - MassEducation

Underflow
April 28th 2015


4231 Comments


I'll check as soon as I'm done obsessively spinning the new Tallest Man on Earth.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2015


7992 Comments


While I was fixing the art, I found that the band is on Bandcamp, so...

http://timbre.bandcamp.com/album/sun-moon

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Hopelust
April 28th 2015


3142 Comments


Noice!! Thanks for the link Voivod. Definitely wanna check this out. POS rowan.

Digging: Emarosa - Relativity

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Hep yeah asked the mods to merge them as soon as I realised so Lorde have mercy on me



@Voivod yeah bandcamp is where I streamed it, forgot to post the link here (I'm rusty at this), cheers



@hopelust cheers lad

zakalwe
April 28th 2015


25797 Comments


You've been at uni 5 minutes and you think you're Norman Mailer.
Pos'd.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whosat

zakalwe
April 28th 2015


25797 Comments


A writer/essayist/intellectual.
But you've ruined the illusion now bless ya. How is it going at uni anyway dude?

avonbarksdale221
April 28th 2015


8298 Comments


this sounds fantastic. great review bud.

also zak: what is happening my man?

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm doing theatre stuff dude I don't know nuthin bout no inteelectshuls



nah but it's tops zak, already feel my mind ~opening~ to new concepts that I've been introduced to, makin' friends, and partying hard lad



is this your way of saying the review is bad Arcade

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry you lost me at "shagging", whoever should try to engage a boy of my upstanding quality in such vulgar and menial activities?



Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol there's some hard goers here at csu I'm just not one of em

tommygun
April 29th 2015


26839 Comments


gutless

Hopelust
April 29th 2015


3142 Comments


This thread is hilarious.

SaneTBP
May 16th 2015


2070 Comments


Gotta check this out

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2015


40671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh

hmm

rrgh

ahgh



do it

RadicalEd
May 17th 2015


9392 Comments


Just checked "Song of the Sun" it's pretty good.

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zaruyache
May 20th 2015


19725 Comments


one of the highest rated 2015 albums on RYM. Is pretty good so far.

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CusmanX1
October 20th 2016


375 Comments


Has anyone the lyrics?



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