THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After six years, Taylor Kirk, the Toronto musician behind Timber Timbre, finally returns with a new full-length entitled Lovage — his most accomplished and engrossing album to date.
On Lovage, Kirk has not only refined his working methods, but also manages to skilfully combines different influences that would otherwise seem mutually incompatible. Working with producer-engineer Michael Dubue at the producer’s studio in Quyon, QC, he reconciles Brian Wilson’s rich sonic palette with the amused melancholy of Leonard Cohen.
When asked about these influences, Kirk admits these are certainly touchstones. ”Brian Wilson and Leonard Cohen are among many influences that have come to embody what music is to me.” Kirk admits to revisiting Sun Ra, Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane as well as Italian singers such as Pino Daniele and Paolo Conte, which might explain the cinematic lightness of the new album.
Kirk’s collaboration with Dubue proved so fruitful that the producer quickly joined the collective as keyboardist and vocalist, while Adam Bradley Schreiber completed the current lineup on drums and percussion. Since releasing and extensively touring behind Sincerely, Future Pollution (2017), Kirk has been busy working as a producer on several LPs, including Joseph Martone’s Honeybirds and the sophomore recording Nightshades by This Lonesome Paradise. During this time, Timber Timbre quietly released two cassette-only EPs: I Am Coming To Paris and The Dissociation Tapes Vol. 1.”