Timber Timbre's Time Travel
"I suppose I've just been more interested in creating an entity," he explains. "Not a persona, but a front for the group rather than revealing that it's just a one-person project. I find that it ends up, inevitably, being a personal thing and that separation seems important."
Muddying the path further, Kirk blurs the temporal domain of Timber Timbre, gravitating toward 20th century folk while conveying contemporary isolation. A proponent of prepared found sounds and lo-fi recording, Kirk infuses his work with makeshift murkiness, drenching his voice in reverb and accompanying it with soulful, off-kilter tones.
"I like evil-sounding music; I've tried to write happier, more positive songs and they all suck," he says. "It's like an exorcism really - getting the bad stuff out. I'm also interested in field recordings and I had this idea of inserting my recordings, not in current-day contexts, but in canons that already exist."
Despite his out-of-time, loner compulsions, Kirk sought connection for his brilliant new record. Rather than recording home alone, as he'd done previously, he entered a studio with producer Chris Stringer and sought help from folks in Forest City Lovers and Bruce Peninsula, all of which led to the most richly textured Timber Timbre release yet. "It's just more enjoyable really," Kirk says. "It's kind of gross to me that I'd finish a recording and be responsible for every single sound. You can only take it so far on your own."
FeaturesFeb 05, 2015
Viet CongShadow of Winter
"I hope that people who liked that shit mix of songs will like this new record." You could say Matt Flegel is a little biased towards his ne...
FeaturesFeb 04, 2015
Dan ManganNo More Mr. Nice Guy (Oh Who Are We Kidding?)
"Part of the 'Dan Mangan' thing is being this super, super nice guy," reflects the man in question. "It's not that I'm no longer nice, but I...
FeaturesNov 05, 2014
Jessie WareThe Storyteller
In September, Jessie Ware had the opportunity to do what every Kate Bush fan had been waiting more than three decades for: to witness the le...
FeaturesNov 04, 2014
Hey Rosetta!Their Aim Is True
An album is a lot like an arrow. You can spend years designing, crafting and perfecting it, but, at some point, you're going to have to let ...