By: Staff –
Timber Timbre’s music has always traced a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On its fourth record – Sincerely, Future Pollution – Timber Timbre coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014’s Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed and JUNO Award-nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time.
Set for release on April 7th via Arts & Crafts, Sincerely, Future Pollution stands out in Timber Timbre’s catalogue of imagistic records, with Kirk and band-mates Mathieu Charbonneau and Simon Trottier taking a unique approach to Timber Timbre’s usual process of sonic invention. Kirk wrote the songs in late 2015 / early 2016, then arranged the music over a “very focused” Montreal winter working closely with the veteran Timber Timbre members. Kirk explains how Charbonneau and Trottier came to play more integral roles in the realization of Sincerely, Future Pollution, articulating the songs’ urgency with an unexpected palette:
“My solitary sketching was left more rudimentary than in the past. The prior records, I’d decided what they were going to sound like. I’d imagined the arrangements when the songs were sketched. Down to anomalous sounds. There was a vision that was manageable somehow. This album was much less focused that way, but far more complex. It was complicated and challenging to the end, every detail seeming somehow counterintuitive.”
The first single, “Sewer Blues”, is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers. Taylor Kirk’s nearly spoken words seem to emit from the underbelly of urban decay, carried on the ominous air of these troubled days. Watch the video below.
Kirk had this to say about the setting of “Sewer Blues” and the album’s recording:
“2016 was a very difficult time to observe. I hate to admit that normally I express more sensitivity than concern politically, but I think the tone and result on the record is utter chaos and confusion. When we were recording, the premonition was that the events we saw unfolding were an elaborate hoax. But the mockery made of our power system spawned a lot of dark, dystopic thoughts and ideas. And then it all happened, while everyone was on Instagram. The sewers overflowed.”
For the recording, the trio – armed with ‘secret weapon’ Olivier Fairfield on drums – travelled to La Frette chateau outside Paris, where they looked to the studio’s array of archetypal synthesizers for the flesh of the songs. Be it the freedom of recording abroad, or the revelation of these unexplored instruments, Timber Timbre found a release from artistic constriction and created its most daring work yet.
Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre’s document of this generation’s degeneration and disarray. With Kirk as narrator, a party to the play, we get caught in the folly of the echo chamber, awed by the contrast of this gothic modern age.
Timber Timbre 2017 Tour Dates (On Sale Jan. 19th at 10am)
Apr 6 – Rennes, FR – Mythos Festival
Apr 8 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Apr 9 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Apr 11 – Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
Apr 13 – Malmo, SW – Babel
Apr 14 – Copenhagen, DK – Bremen Teater
Apr 15 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefarlich
Apr 18 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Apr 19 – Paris, FR – La Cigale
Apr 28 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
Apr 29 – Minneapolis MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
Apr 30 – Winnipeg MB – West End Cultural Centre (on sale January 20)
May 02 – Edmonton AB – Starlite Room
May 03 – Calgary AB – Commonwealth
May 05 – Vancouver BC – Vogue Theatre
May 06 – Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern
May 07 – Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 09 – San Francisco CA – Great American Music Hall
May 10 – Santa Ana CA – Constellation Room
May 11 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex
May 12 – San Diego CA – Soda Bar