Sincerely, Future Pollution

Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
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Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #396 / 719
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2017 Ratings: #380
April 7, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Paste

Even if the banjos and acoustic guitars have been replaced by ‘80s-inspired synths and guitars, the music still sounds like it’s made by kindly ghouls. They’ve somehow kept the whole intact even after changing all the parts.

80
Drowned in Sound
Here, the still too-close-for-comfort Canadians are having a look at themselves and just over the border, and predicting an all too possible nightmare scenario. How prophetic that will remain to be seen, but this 2017 take on Eighties cinematic synth-pop is an unexpected joy in which to relish the impending political slime approaching us.
80
Clash
In ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’, Kirk and company have emerged with an Orwellian manifesto custom-made for 2017.
80
Loud and Quiet

Written as the nadir of 2016 was coming into focus, it paints a somewhat dystopian vision of a society out of control and typifies the record’s tone of, in his own words, “utter chaos and confusion.” This is a good thing for ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’, whose nine tracks have a deliciously inky, retro feel, like Nick Cave fronting a bitter ’80s Vegas house band.

80
The Independent

Balancing the political disquiet is a vein of romantic yearning, with Kirk’s plea in “Moment” for “desire deserving of something more” offers a fitting summary of the album as a whole.

80
NOW Magazine

The sonic shift on Sincerely, Future Pollution is unexpected and disorienting, but not nearly as drastic or awkward as you might imagine.

73
GIGsoup

Although the move isn’t anything too radical, the incorporation of these new influences results in a lightening of the overall mood and an album that’s a more playful but also a tad chaotic.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Sincerely, Future Pollution continues to raise the band’s crooked bar.

70
Slant Magazine

While Timber Timbre's shadowy, horror-tinged aesthetic has sometimes bordered on gothic kitsch, Sincerely, Future Pollution's contrast of bright synths with dark lyrics shows the band approaching their sound with refreshing irony. By filtering the seedier byproducts of our modern world through their gaudy yet gloomy lens, Timber Timbre reflects the hyperbole of an increasingly toxic culture.

70
Exclaim!

Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre's most confident record. The lyrics remain obtuse, but even if it's not clear that Kirk knows what he wants to say, he surely knows how he wants it to sound.

70
Under The Radar

Sincerely, Future Pollution is as disconcerting as it is dire—from the textured head fog of "Velvet Gloves & Spit" to the dooming glittery magic of "Moment" to the shook-down sultriness of "Floating Cathedral."

70
AllMusic

Even by Timber Timbre's standards; despite its flashy sounds, it's one of the group's most insular sets of songs.

60
DIY

Things start to get really discordant when Timber Timbre begin smashing musical ideas together with seemingly wild abandon ... On the one hand this means that ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’ is in some ways a perfect representation of our conflicted, uncertain times, but it also makes the record a challenging, uncompromising listen.

50
The Needle Drop

Sincerely, Future Pollution finds Timber Timbre taking their sound in a more synthetic direction without conjuring the mood that made their past couple of albums so alluring.

siberianbreaks
53
Timber Timbre: a haunted folk group based in sounds of the americana and spaghetti western maintain their cool status with an aesthetically-pleasing transition into the trendy world of Lynchian, 80's synth crooners; though a tad lonelier and overall slimier than most cases of these nocturnal atmospheres which tend to be heavily romanticized.

So like, why does it seem that every time this happens with some solid indie band, they forget to, y'know, write good songs?

5/10
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
maciek91
70
Sometimes I have a feeling I’m no longer listening to Timber Timbre, but to young alternative universe version of Bob Dylan with dreamy synths (Velvet Gloves & Spit). Or just electronica-inspired I’m Not There soundtrack. Or mellow Arcade Fire/David Bowie (Grifting). Or Leonard Cohen (Western Questions)?! Or dreamy, contemplative Bruce Springsteen? Either way, Sincerely, Future Pollution is soothing and beautiful.

Just how I like it. Or maybe I’m just still listening to ... read more
DachetG
65
The entire album could have been the soundtrack to a movie like Drive, or a nineties crime drama. The cover could have been part of the film as well.

BEST: 1

01. Velvet Gloves and Spit – 8 - This sounds like a young Leonard Cohen in a nineties song.
02. Grifting – 7 – A continuation of the nineties’ feel.
03. Skin Tone – 6.5 – Nothing much to this one.
04. Moment – 6.5 - My same comments from the first song.
05. Sewer Blues – 6.5 – This ... read more
FlimFlam
60
I’ll be honest, I have a hard time saying much about this album. The only thing that really stood out was the singing style of the vocalist, which I was really into, and there is a lot of soul behind in it. I did appreciate the bluesy electronic sound that it had, but it was not particularly inspired, and I felt that the song structure was mostly generic and forgettable. Bonus points for some interesting lyrics though.

Best Tracks: Velvet Gloves & Spit (1), Grifting (2), Sewer Blues ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#4/Loud and Quiet

MISC LISTS

#26/Exclaim! (First Half)

Track List

  1. Velvet Gloves & Spit
  2. Grifting
  3. Skin Tone
  4. Moment
  5. Sewer Blues
  6. Western Questions
  7. Sincerely, Future Pollution
  8. Bleu Nuit
  9. Floating Cathedral
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