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Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution

by Kevin Orton Rating:6 Release Date:2017-04-07

I loved Timber Timbre’s, Hot Dreams and Creep On Creepin’ On. Both are captivating and rewarding listens. I confess, I really can’t get enough of those albums. And the band are terrific live. It’s safe to say, the Montreal based outfit are among my favorite contemporary bands.

I’m thrilled to report, ‘Velvet Gloves & Spit’ picks up right where Hot Dreams left off. The title says it all. ‘Grifting’ however, immediately jumps into uncharted Funk territory. Musically, it’s difficult to resist. Fat beat, alternately stabbing and woozy synths. Taylor Kirk‘s haunting baritone tisk tisk tisking out lyrics that concisely honor the socio-economic times, “Grifting, grifting, grifting”.  It’s a hypnotic track, just as is its predecessor.

If one couldn’t tell by the title, Sincerely, Future Pollution, there’s a decidedly political and dystopian bent to this record. But nothing heavy handed. This band are far too subtle and subversive for that.

While the first two tracks can’t help but grab you, the third track, ‘Skin Tone’ is a rather pedestrian instrumental that pretty much goes in one ear and out the other. ‘Moment’ follows and is a touch underwhelming. But the dark, brooding ‘Sewer Blues’ makes up for these snags. “As the sewer runs clear, stretch your skin in front of me, undo every other year.” It’s the kind of Noirish love/self-loathing song, Timber Timbre excel at.

The cynical, ‘Western Questions’, doesn’t raise many, so much as preach to the choir. It’s one of the album’s more strident cuts. Not quite achieving the sort of satire it hints at. Along with ‘Moment,’ not one of Sincerely, Future Pollution ’s more inviting moments. The title track is dramatically bleak but not particularly cohesive listen. It has compelling elements but as a whole, just doesn’t rise above and catch the ear. Something doesn’t feel quite thought out here.  

‘Blue Nuit’ is a largely instrumental piece with some gimmicky vocal effects garbling the lyrics. At this point, Sincerely, Future Pollution begins to feel more like a soundtrack than an album of complete songs.

While the beguiling, ‘Floating Cathedral’ is a lovely closer that leaves you wanting more, it serves to highlight just how slight and less than substantive this album feels. I confess to feeling somewhat shortchanged and disappointed. There’s something missing, something incomplete about this album. Perhaps it’s too instrumental heavy, perhaps it needed more tracks. Perhaps it’s the sequencing. I can’t really lay a finger on it other than to say they may have stepped on the toes of a sophomore slump with this one. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t quite feel fleshed out.  At the very least though, it does boast four great tracks out of nine. Those four would make a great EP but alas, are bogged down in too much instrumental filler. So, sad to report, I’m a bit let down by this one.

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