Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
Released April 1, 2014
By Morgan Berna
Hauntingly poetic, Timber Timbre’s fifth album Hot Dreams encapsulates the listener in a world where the line between beauty and darkness has blurred. Hot Dreams will have you feeling cozy and uncomfortable all at the same time. Tracks feel like they are telling the story of a calm, peaceful nightmare. Hot Dreams is intriguing, unnerving, and lovely. Title track Hot Dreams speaks to this description most clearly with lyrics, “I want to follow through, follow through on all my promises and threats to you, babe.”
Kirk’s smooth vocals laying coupled with vintage instrumentals are reminiscent of bad 80s movies, yet somehow Timber Timbre has found a way to make this combination work. The overall vintage feel to the album can become a bit offensive after a while, but it certainly grows on you. When reading the comments left on streams by older fans, it seemed even they found this album to be a somewhat harsher, more difficult to digest creation than previous works. With half the tracks giving you the feeling of swaying the night away at an old school dance, and the other half having you feel like you’re in a horror movie, Hot Dreams certainly heightens the senses.
Tired, over-used organ sounds are reupholstered into something new on Curtains?!, a classic spooky track with a catchy beat. Bring Me Simple Men is an easier track on the ears without sharp pitches, replaced instead by slow crescendos to keep the intensity high. Regardless, the guitar, smooth drum-beat and relaxed lyrics make this track an easier listen than some. Resurrection Drive Part II, an instrumental piece, divides the album and seems to act as an intermission. This is especially amplified when Grand Canyon starts off next with a vibe unique to the previous tracks. The vintage sounds are toned down, moving instead into a chill ballad, western feel. Things continue with the change of style until The New Tomorrow brings back the signature organ sound. Run From Me Darling, another beautiful track with horrifying lyrics, is an easy standout on the album. It is equal parts creepy and darling. The tension builds in Run From Me Darling and feeds over to final track The Three Sisters, easily one of the most frightening tracks of the album. While it has a slow beginning, The Three Sisters builds into an eerie symphony, finishing off the album in a not-quite-so-nice little bow. This is not the track to listen to when you are walking home late at night.
Overall, the album is good. One downside could be that Hot Dreams is a very situational album. There will definitely be times and places where this album would not be the appropriate one to throw on, but whose to say that’s necessarily a bad thing? Creating an album that requires some level of focus to be enjoyed is what links music like Hot Dreams so closely to the works of art in galleries. No, they aren’t the best things to bring out at a party, but in the right situation they are the perfect thing to sit down and get lost in.