Taylor Kirk’s singular intonation, quavered in slow, low register, combines in haunting resonance with collaborator/bandmate Simon Trottier’s stark yet lavish arrangements. Normalized is the bedrock of folksy and fifties Timber Timbre, now cached in smoothed, viscous tonality: new sonic admissions, ringing sensuality and caprice, neon and haze.
On the title single, “Hot Dreams”, seductive guitars chime melancholy and petulance, articulating the enigmatic Kirk in his most languid voice. Guest Colin Stetson envelops the backing vocals of Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy) in timeless cycles of intoxicating velvet saxophone. The consonance of Mika Posen’s strings mingles with vintage contributions from Olivier Fairfield on Fender Rhodes and Mathieu Charbonneau on Mellotron – pivotal players in Timber Timbre’s lineage returning to add multiple instruments to Hot Dreams’ balmy clime.