Sincerely, Future Pollution (CD)


Timber Timbre

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Amoeba Review

04/04/2017

From the first keys of "Velvet Gloves & Spit" it's a shock to think you're listening to Timber Timbre. Previously embracing an all organic neo-singer/songwriter vibe with acoustic guitars, light drumming, and string arrangements, the vintage synth sound of Sincerely, Future Pollution comes as a complete shock. Dancey beats weren't part of their sound, but with their sixth album they head into the cosmos with funky riffs, off-kilter synths, and stoney studio production. The only way to describe their latest would be "dark exotica." Each track is hauntingly chilly and combines the studio experimentation of Esquivel with the synth harmonies of Tangerine Dream.

 

In complete contrast, band-leader Taylor Kirk injects the album with lyrics that make you feel the dystopian future from sci-fi films is here today in our post-fascist society, where xenophobia and blind nationalism are major problems. It takes the influence of modern electronics and ties it to the past to create cyberpunk tunes that convince you that modular synth cables can grow out of the dirt. "Grifting" recalls David Bowie's funk masterpiece "Fame," with a marching beat against synths playing short jazz riffs. It feels like a good time, but Kirk's sing-talking style chants lyrics about exploitation and false identity that feels like it's almost criticizing the song itself. But the grimmest track comes from "Western Questions," an exhausting, nearly five-minute song that starts off with fierce industrial electronics before fizzing out into a riff right out of a Les Baxter lounge rarity. Perhaps influenced by the everyday reality of the European migrant crisis in France, the song is a scathing critique on those who refuse to help or support the influx of the dislocated in a world that's gone mad. Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre's most mature album to date as it manages to balance the grim awfulness of reality with relaxing, calm melodies. It's disorienting and beautiful.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Velvet Gloves & Spit
Timber Timbre 04:34
2.
Grifting
Timber Timbre 04:21
3.
Skin Tone
Timber Timbre 03:11
4.
Moment
Timber Timbre 05:45
5.
Sewer Blues
Timber Timbre 04:37
6.
Western Questions
Timber Timbre 04:40
7.
Sincerely, Future Pollution
Timber Timbre 04:01
8.
Bleu Nuit
Timber Timbre 04:05
9.
Floating Cathedral
Timber Timbre 04:45

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