AOTY 2019

Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Ratings: #214 / 845
User Score
Based on 133 ratings
2014 Ratings: #85
April 1, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

There's a widescreen Morricone-like quality to the sound, while a spooky sense of dread sometimes infers David Lynch.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Timber Timbre, in crafting Hot Dreams, have cultivated an immensely strong record and an alternate sonic dimension you can spend a lifetime exploring.

80
NME

In evoking an unsettled mind yearning for simpler times, Kirk as warped the gothic folk feel of his older work into something abrasive, and even nightmarish. 

70
musicOMH

Overall, Hot Dreams doesn’t quite match up to the trio’s last record – it lacks a comparable number of top notch songs – but it still has some great moments.

70
Drowned in Sound

With Hot Dreams Timber Timbre have continued to perfect their sound and aesthetic: no matter what influences or styles they are drawing upon, they are still at their most powerful when they're sending mixed messages. 

70
AllMusic

While Hot Dreams is slightly less immediate than Creep on Creepin' On, its potent cocktail of menace, glamour, and vulnerability is nothing less than transporting.

67
Consequence of Sound

These brooding, darkly shaded arrangements run the risk of being kitsch. But when Timber Timbre drop the horror pretense and focus on the neurotic ticks and inadequacies that come with romantic obsession, the band are at their best.

65
The 405

They're capable of generating an intriguing unease when they keep things subtle, but for an album that so often sounds stripped-back, there's a surprisingly frequent tendency towards the kitchen sink here, at least in atmospheric terms.

60
DIY

Kirk's irresistible vocals lend the album all the quality it needs, and their lighter touches and some inspired choices really add depth to the monochromatic and claustrophobic formula.

MarkCooper
73
Much more solid work as compared to their other albums. The instrumentation is not as sparse, but still not quite where it needs in order to be a huge win in my books. Hopefully the new album will bring it.

Kirk reminds me of Freaky Fred from Courage the Cowardly Dog, and the sounds take me to the middle of Nowhere.
EMR
64
Timber Timbre brings their usual beautiful, somber and desolate sound on their last full lenght LP, Hot Dreams, a very passionate record with pretty melodies, moody atmosphere and great lyrics. The western-like sound of this record is quite rich and vivid, showing the group's trademark aesthetics, here, complimented closely by the amazing lyrical work brought by the band. The production is great, with all of the instrumentals very clear and distinct in the mix, which ends up being essential to ... read more
dabreuc
91
Haunting soundtrack music.
moronicadam
80
it started off really strong but then it progressively got more and more monotonous but the accompaniment of instruments fit very well with the tracks that had vocals
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
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Year End Lists

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Track List

  1. Beat the Drum Slowly
  2. Hot Dreams
  3. Curtains!?
  4. Bring Me Simple Men
  5. Resurrection Drive Part II
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. This Low Commotion
  8. The New Tomorrow
  9. Run from Me
  10. The Three Sisters
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