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Timber Timbre and Tasseomancy at Trinity St. Paul’s Church

Last friday (April 10th) I took a trip to Toronto to catch Timber Timbre’s album launch at Trinity St. Paul’s Church. It was a sold out show but I managed to catch a last minute ticket from my friend Kim (see her review of the show here). I hadn’t heard much of Timber Timbre’s before so I was heading into this blind, thankfully it turned out to be a great show. First things first: The Venue. The gig was in a church, well more of a cathedral really, and it was the perfect atmostphere for this show. We were seated in a pew three rows from the stage, and the acoustics were fantastic. It also had a really eerie vibe with the minimal lighting and huge pipe organ as a backdrop for the stage.

The opening act was called Tasseomancy (formally known as Ghost Bees); they ended up being my favourite for the night. It was fronted by two fey-like sisters from Halifa, Sari and Romy Lightman, decked out with branches for headwear and looking very much like woodland creatures. One was on mandolin, the other guitar, and they both had delicate affecting voices and perfectly harmonized each other. It was an ethereal experience. The band was rounded out by two young men with faces painted like electro zombies, one on synth, the other alternating between drums and a steal drum.  I’m at a loss as how to describe their sound other than atmospheric baroque-folk with faint hints of the psychedelic thrown in during some of the climaxes. I was a big fan, my friend Kim not so much.

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Following Tasseomancy was the headline act, blues-folk three piece Timber Timbre. The lights dropped down to a dim reddish glow given off by two small red stage lights that would look more appropriate in a dark room or hellish mine shaft. Add to the mix singer/guitarist Taylor Kirk’s growling baritone vocals over a thumping 4/4 bass drum, accented with a mix of violin and synth loops, autoharp and lapsteel, and it was a really brooding performance. I had heard from someone in the line that the new record was a lot darker than their first offering. That guy was spot on. All in all it was a good set for the fans, but not being one of those before arriving I’m not convinced I was one as I left either. It was good, but over the course of an hour I felt the set got a bit repetitive. Less would have been more in this case. This was likely to do with that constant 4/4 bass drum and relatively similar instrumentation across all the songs. I do plan on giving his records more of a listen in the future though.

In other news I invested in a nifty Zoom H1 portable audio recorder while I was in the city. Once I buy a new DSLR that does video the plan is to eventually start bootlegging some of these shows I go to.