Dazzling prog-rock rife with undulating soundscapes
This is Alabama's Timber.
Timber premieres their new music video today on Popdust. It's called "Sunstroke," and is from Timber's forthcoming album The Family, slated to drop November 9 on Cornelius Chapel Records.
The duo comprising Timber: Janet Simpson and Will Stewart. Prior to becoming part of Timber, Stewart was in Nashville, working on music with his country-soul band Willie and the Giant. Looking to add some keyboards and vocals to his songs, someone tossed out Simpson's name because of her work with Wooden Wand, Delicate Cutters, and Teen Getaway. Ready to leave for Wooden Wand's European tour, Simpson had just enough time to drop by the studio and do her thing.
One thing led to another, and over the course of time, Stewart and Simpson developed musical chemistry. In 2015, they dropped their self-titled debut EP. Since then, the duo has been working on new music, music leading them to their next offering, The Family.
"Sunstroke" is a dazzling tune, one of those songs betwixt and between. It opens with gently undulating colors and a measured, dreamy flow. Drifting on resonant textures, the tune exudes flavors of prog-rock ambience akin to Pink Floyd. Yet it's not prog-rock; rather it's a gorgeous concoction of indie-rock with a spider's web of prog-rock squeezing through.
The harmonics slowly swell, adding round tones and deposits of intensity. I love the surfacing coruscations from the guitars on the solo, like a bright veil of sonic pressure. The merging of Stewart's and Simpson's voices produces yummy, rolling harmonies, graceful and hypnotic, lush with wistful savors.
Put simply, "Sunstroke" is superlative, and wonderfully wrought. Timber's talent is huge.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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