Oh, Albany, you missed a good one. Far fewer than a dozen people witnessed the downtown debut of Canada’s Timber Timbre at Valentine’s Music Hall on Tuesday night (November 17), but those who were there won’t soon forget it.
Imagine Chris Isaak singing Nick Cave songs with Calexico. Only better. Much better.
Taylor Kirk sat behind his lone kick drum wielding a silver Telecaster and digging into some dark hollow of his young soul in search of songs like “Demon Host,” “Until The Night Is Over” and “I Get Low.”
Each was extracted like a tooth, and given shimmering (or screaming) accompaniment from Mika Posen’s fiddle and Simon Trotter’s lap steel guitar (and occasional autoharp).
Kirk and crew (who will land at Joe’s Pub in New York on Friday, November 19) looped odd sounds – including train whistle, shakers and noseflute — to create a cacophony that exploded between passages of “I Love You Like A Mountain,” making for a dynamic soft/loud din that would have done Nirvana proud had they honestly slept the night in a forest.
It was all beautiful, black and sad in a Spaghetti-Western kind of way.
Oh, Albany, look ‘em up, do.
Review by Bokonon