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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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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