Creep On Creepin’ On
Released: Apr 05 2011
Genre: Folk / Country
Label: Arts & Crafts
Creep On Creepin’ On, as the record title suggests, tries it’s very best to sound as bizarre and outlandish as possible. Imagine The Horrors combined with a downbeat folk outfit, it’s not easy to envisage, and it’s equally peculiar to comprehend when giving the album a listen. Timber Timbre have created an inventive record; chilling and distinctively unusual.
Vocalist, Taylor Kirk uses his unique vocals to add to the atmosphere that the record tries so hard to evoke; and in combination with unmelodic strings Creep On Creepin’ On succeeds. The predominantly string centred instrumentals are the most powerful element of the record – a collection of songs that wouldn’t sound out of place as the soundtrack for a film based on a piece of gothic literature.
Although the band is generally classed as folk or country, there are definitely suggestions of a post-rock influence. Instrumental interludes separated by gloomy vocals emit vibes similar to those of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
The ensemble of stringed orchestral instruments is without a doubt the vital component in the successful outcome of Creep On Creepin’ On. Opening track and lead single “Bad Ritual” is the only track on the record that puts a clear priority on vocals; it’s also the only track to exhibit any dynamicity in Kirk’s vocals. The morbid and monotone nature of the vocals throughout the record may serve their purpose in evoking atmosphere, but vocal diversity would be the key in making Timber Timbre that little bit more enjoyable.
Unlike the majority of tracks on the LP, the album titled track takes a more experimental approach; including keyboards and a variety of percussion. Quite often Creep On Creepin’ On takes a minimal approach, relying solely on stringed instruments and on occasions relying on no instruments whatsoever. Other than the lack of drums and acoustic approach to each song, there’s little else to suggest that Timber Timbre are a folk collective. Unlike the majority of folk artists, the lyrics aren’t the iconic component – without the instrumentals Creep On Creepin’ On would have little appeal.
Perhaps Timber Timbre should consider working as part of a film project in the future – as fascinating as their style is, it would sound much more imposing on the big screen.
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