It’s around midnight going from Wednesday into Thursday and I’m thinking to myself, “Wow, I need a psychedelic song to space me out before bed so I can actually fall asleep.” So who do I turn to but the Canadian kings of psychedelic folk-alt: Timber Timbre.
Timber Timbre was formed back in 2005 somewhere between Toronto and Brooklin, Canada. Timber Timbre is comprised of lead singer Taylor Kirk, electric guitar player Simon Trottier, the keyboard man Mathieu Charbonneau, and last but not least, drummer Olivier Fairfield. The genre most commonly associated with Timber Timbre is psychedelic folk, or freak folk, a sub-genre of folk and alternative that can be best described as simply spooky. Timber Timbre’s music gives off an orchestral, cinematic sound that serves to envelop the listener in its spaciness. A song that definitively epitomizes Timber Timbre’s immersive sound would be “Hot Dreams.”
“Hot Dreams” is the title-track off of Timber Timbre’s fifth, and most recent, full-length album, Hot Dreams (April 2014). The song is very slow, reminiscent of 50s and 60s jazz in the intro and coda, with emphasized lyrics that sound specifically tuned to be purposefully loud. The song finishes off with a beautiful minute-plus long saxophone outro.
Also of note is the extremely provocative music video paired with this song. You actually have to confirm that you’re older than 18 on YouTube to view it. Furthermore, Timber Timbre has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize three different times, twice shortlisted, the first time coming in second-place only to Arcade Fire’s famous album The Suburbs, and had their debut label-produced (Arts & Crafts) album Timber Timbre deemed album of the year by Eye Weekly newspaper. Finally, an interesting fact about Timber Timbre is that their music has been featured in numerous very popular television series and movies in America, including Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, For A Good Time, Call…, and in the 2013 movie The Last Exorcism Part II.
Check out Timber Timbre’s song “Hot Dreams,” and its respective music video, via SoundCloud and YouTube below: