Creep On Creepin’ On is the new album from Timber Tambre, it bares similarities from 2010’s self titled, but is not as subtle and quiet as it. It still retains the sound of the catchy high end piano keys on top of the laid back, slack drums while the vocals are a little lighter on the reverb.
The opening song, Bad Ritual, bares resemblances to last year’s self titled opener, Demon Host. They are both rather raw songs as it just features the vocals and one other instrument for the majority, but Bad Ritual has moments where sounds of distorted noise and a cult-like growl are layered together to interrupt the emotion displayed. The climax featured violins adding to this cult-like sound and creates a great start for the album.
Obelisk is an instrument that could fit as audio for any old, low budget Halloween scenes. With drums that sound like footsteps, and instruments that seem to fall away your ears. It is fortunately the only song containing the same foundations as the album that fall into the “Halloween” category.
Creep On Creepin’ On is a very light-hearted sounding song despite its title. It could be used in Broadway as it has the typical musical-styled sound to it, with Taylor Kirks’ vocals baring a startling similarity to Elvis, and a fantastic saxophone solo from Colin Stetson to captivate one of my favourite songs of the year.
Unfortunately, the songs become too similar in the later stages of the album, many sounds featured in them were used within the first three tracks and do not add anything new for the audience to hear, so it is hard to distinguish a difference by the end of the LP.
Overall, this had all of the elements to become a spoofy, Halloween sounding record. But Kirks and Colin Stetson’s contributions have thankfully turned it into one of the most charming records of the year.