The woozy tunes of Tim­ber Tim­bre

Toronto band ready for big Massey Hall show this month

Richmond Hill Post - - Music - by Ron John­son

There are a few ma­jor events that im­pacted the di­rec­tion of Tim­ber Tim­bre’s new al­bum, Hot Dreams. The Banff Cen­tre where song­writer and vo­cal­ist Tay­lor Kirk worked with pro­ducer Gra­ham Les­sard; the Cana­dian Mu­sic Cen­tre’s collection of vin­tage keyed in­stru­ments and the hot and steamy sur­rounds of Lau­rel Canyon, Calif. What people are pick­ing up on most is that hot and steamy part.

Hot Dreams, the fol­low-up to 2011’s Creep On Creepin’ On, has been de­scribed as ev­ery­thing from woozy to the sex­i­est al­bum of the year. And, not sur­pris­ingly, Kirk gets what all the fuss is about. “I think that sounds about right,” says Kirk. “I mean, I dunno. I think the first time it re­ally oc­curred to me was work­ing on the ti­tle track “Hot Dreams,” and I thought, this is just a slow jam, you know? It’s the first time I’d in­tended a song to be highly charged and eroti­cized. But woozy? We’re al­ways a bit woozy.”

The al­bum is in turns dark, spooky and sexy but al­ways in­ter­est­ing.

Fans of David Lynch will be pleased. Ac­cord­ing to Kirk, there are ref­er­ences and sub­tle nods to the film­maker through­out the al­bum.

The in­ter­est in the in­ter­sec­tion of film and mu­sic isn’t by ac­ci­dent. Kirk stud­ied film, and the band had de­signs on work­ing in that in­dus­try, but it hasn’t quite panned out.

“I stud­ied film and was in­ter­ested in mak­ing film mu­sic, but it never re­ally hap­pened,” he ex­plains. “But I have a nos­tal­gia for a cer­tain era of film­mak­ing.”

In ad­di­tion, Kirk has long had an in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing darker themes in his mu­sic, fa­mously se­ques­ter­ing him­self in a lone­some cabin near Bob­cay­geon to work on what would be­come Tim­ber Tim­bre’s de­but record­ing.

“I mean, all along with each record­ing I’ve ex­pressed and writ­ten about my cu­rios­ity about a cer­tain part of Amer­ica, al­though it has been a shift­ing fo­cus,” he says. “‘Hot Dreams’ in par­tic­u­lar has a gothic feel. It feels like western mu­sic.”

Some­thing of a ro­man­tic, Kirk grap­pled with his grow­ing suc­cess in the early years, in­dif­fer­ent about be­ing front and cen­tre. But he’s get­ting used to it.

“It’s been a pretty gen­tle in­cline,” he says. “It’s never been too shock­ing. But I feel more con­fi­dent and com­fort­able with it now."

Tim­ber Tim­bre plays at Massey Hall on May 23, with Cold Specks, as part of a new film se­ries. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.tim­ber­tim­bre.com.

(L-R) Tim­ber Tim­bre’s Si­mon Trot­tier and Tay­lor Kirk

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