By Gregory AdamsIt's been two years since Toronto folksters Timber Timbre dropped their Polaris Music Prize long-listed self-titled album. In that time, fans have been waiting with baited breath for the troupe to deliver another set of low-key spirituals and haunted house blues. But the wait is finally over with the announcement of Timber Timbre's ookily titled new disc, Creep On Creepin' On.
Serving as the group's proper Arts & Crafts debut (Timber Timbre was issued on Out of This Spark before being re-released on the Canadian heavyweight), Creep on Creepin' On features ten songs that "incorporate rich and varied melodies, affecting lyricism and evocative vintage instrumentation."
A press release explains that leader Taylor Kirk composed much of the album two years ago before tweaking the tracks during a residency in Sackville, NB in June of last year. The outfit recorded said tunes at both the Treatment Room in Montreal with Kees Dekker and inside a converted church studio with Grammy nominee Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire).
The album is said to expand the group's sound with some guttural groans ("Bad Ritual") and an "eerie doo-wop" sound ("Lonesome Hunter"), but while Timber Timbre's style may be evolving, Kirk explains that their musical intentions are the same as ever.
"The idea is to make music we love and therefore embrace the risk of sounding like all the music we've ever loved, all at once," Kirk explained in a statment.
Creep On Creepin' On comes out April 5 on Arts & Crafts. The band will be celebrating the release with a quick tour of Ontario and Quebec, with a couple U.S. dates thrown in for good measure. Check out the dates below.
Creep On Creepin' On:
1. "Bad Ritual" 2. "Obelisk" 3. "Creep On Creepin' On" 4. "Black Water" 5. "Swamp Magic" 6. "Woman" 7. "Too Old To Die Young" 8. "Lonesome Hunter" 9. "Do I Have Power" 10. "Souvenirs"
3/24 Longueuil, QC - Théâtre de la Ville * 3/25 Sain-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC - Cabaret-Théâtre du Vieux-Saint-Jean * 3/26 Saint-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx * 4/8 Toronto, ON - Trinity Church 4/9 Ottawa, ON - First Baptist Church 4/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 4/12 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live 4/13 New York, NY - Joe's Pub 4/14 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands 4/16 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre