Timber Timbre – Mercury Lounge – February 13, 2014
Yesterday’s wretched weather conditions forced cancellations all over the place. But Mercury Lounge kept its doors open for a late show featuring Timber Timbre and Lowell, and I don’t think we could have asked for a better escape from the storm. As Timber Timbre’s four members ambled through the sold-out crowd onto the small stage, frontman Taylor Kirk thanked everyone for trudging their way to join him and his band for the show. A set of thirteen songs unfolded before us and Timber Timbre’s bluesy, ragged music cast a luxurious haze over the room. “Grand Canyon” and “Beat the Drum,” two songs from the forthcoming album, Hot Dreams, which arrives in April on Arts & Crafts, opened the set.
Next came the familiar lyrics and haunting refrains of “Bad Ritual,” “Creep On Creepin’ On” and “Magic Arrow.” Kirk asked for the lights to be turned down as low as possible before launching into “Hot Dreams.” A neon sign bearing the upcoming album’s title glowed fiercely behind the band, burning a hole in the warm darkness. “Curtains” and “Run from Me,” from the new LP, and “Until the Night Is Over” and “Trouble Comes Knocking,” from their 2009 self-titled album, sent the audience deeper into a daze. “Black Water” and “Woman” rounded out the set, leaving the crowd woozy and giddy.
Lowell, a newcomer to the Arts & Crafts label, then took the stage for a quick supporting set of songs from her forthcoming debut album, I Killed Sara V, due out later this month. She began her set beneath a mask, which the fast-rising star cast aside once she and her band hit their stride with her recent hit, “Cloud 69.” The Toronto-via-London singer has a magnetic stage presence, tossing jaunty lyrics together with buoyant electronic production. The combination of Timber Timbre’s wistful euphony and Lowell’s impassioned trilling bowled me over harder than any snowstorm possibly could. —Schuyler Rooth