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Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre performing in San Diego, California in 2011
Timber Timbre performing in San Diego, California in 2011
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active2005 (2005)–present
LabelsArts & Crafts, Out of This Spark, Full Time Hobby, City Slang
  • Taylor Kirk
Past membersMika Posen

Timber Timbre is a Canadian music group, featuring Taylor Kirk. The moniker refers to an early series of recordings made in a timber-framed cabin set in the wooded outskirts of Bobcaygeon, Ontario.


Timber Timbre performing in San Francisco, California in 2010

Timber Timbre released two albums independently before releasing their self-titled album on Out of This Spark in January 2009. They were subsequently signed to Arts & Crafts, who re-released the album on June 30 in Canada and July 28 internationally.[1] The album was named as a longlist nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15, 2009,[2] and was deemed album of the year by Eye Weekly.[3]

Timber Timbre performing in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2009

The band's song "Magic Arrow" was featured in the television show Breaking Bad, in the episode "Caballo Sin Nombre", as well as in the TV series The Good Wife, in the episode "Bitcoin for Dummies". "Black Water" features on the soundtrack for the 2012 comedy, For a Good Time, Call...,[4] as well Bottom of the World (2017) and in the TV series Russian Doll (2019). Their song "Demon Host" was featured in the end credits to the 2013 film The Last Exorcism Part II, and in the movie The Gambler (2014).

Taylor Kirk of Timber Timbre performing in 2009

The band's fourth album, Creep on Creepin' On, was released in April 2011. It was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize that ultimately went to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. In 2012, the band supported British folk singer Laura Marling on her UK tour and Canadian singer Feist on her tour of America.

The band's fifth record, Hot Dreams, was released April 1, 2014. It was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize,[5] which eventually went to Tanya Tagaq's Animism.[6] The song "Run From Me" is featured in the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, in the sixth season of Orange Is the New Black, in the second season episode of The Blacklist titled "The Mombasa Cartel", in an episode from the second season of Good Girls called "The Dubby", and in the trailer for HBO's Barry Season 4. The track "Run From Me" was also featured in season 2, episode 2 of period romantic comedy Our Flag Means Death.[7]

Timber Timbre's sixth album, Sincerely, Future Pollution, was released on April 7, 2017, on City Slang Records. The album's first single, "Sewer Blues", was released in January 2017.[8] The second single, "Velvet Gloves & Spit", was released on February 15, 2017.[9]

In 2021, Timber Timbre digitally released an EP titled Dissociation Tapes, Volume 1 previously available on cassette in 2019.

Timber Timbre's seventh album, Lovage, was released on October 6, 2023, on Integral Music. The album's first single, "Ask the Community", was released in June 2023.[10][11][third-party source needed]


Timber Timbre's[12] sound has been described as "an aesthetic rooted in swampy, ragged blues" and "beautifully restrained blues from an alternate universe", which creates an atmosphere that is cinematic and spooky.[13]





Year Album Peak positions
2006 Cedar Shakes
2007 Medicinals
2009 Timber Timbre 69
2011 Creep on Creepin' On 20 70 112 82
2014 Hot Dreams 21 84 48 36 55
2017 Sincerely, Future Pollution 94 76 23 75
2023 Lovage TBA


  • I Am Coming to Paris (2016)[16]
  • Dissociation Tapes, Volume 1 (2019)[17]

Compilation albums[edit]

Other credits[edit]

Kirk and Trottier have also produced albums for other artists, including the full-length debut album by Tasseomancy.[18]


  1. ^ "Chart Attack - Best Magazine 2021". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist". CBC Radio 3, June 15, 2009
  3. ^ [1] Archived November 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Polaris Music Prize 2014: Tanya Tagaq wins $30K prize". CBC News, September 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Our Flag Means Death Becomes the Rom-Com It Was Always Meant to Be in Glorious Second Season". Paste Magazine.
  8. ^ Robin Hilton, "Timber Timbre's 'Sewer Blues' Is A Grim Take On America's Future," NPR, January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "The effortlessly all-consuming Timber Timbre share video for single 'Velvet Gloves & Spit' | Far Out Magazine". faroutmagazine.co.uk. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  10. ^ "Lovage,' the new studio album from Timber Timbre will be released October 6th 2023 on Integral Music". Facebook. June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  11. ^ "Ask The Community' from Timber Timbre is out now. Music video directed by Bastien Duverdier". Facebook. June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  12. ^ Khanna, Vish. "Timber Timbre's Time Travel", Exclaim!, February 2009.
  13. ^ "Record Reviews: Timber Timbre, S/T" Archived 2009-07-13 at the Wayback Machine FFWD Weekly, July 9, 2009.
  14. ^ "Timber Timbre discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 15, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  16. ^ "Timber Timbre – I Am Coming To Paris (2016, Cassette)". 2016 – via www.discogs.com.
  17. ^ "Dissociation Tapes Vol I by Timber Timbre". Genius.
  18. ^ "Ghost Bees Change Name to Tasseomancy, Release Timber Timbre-produced Single". Exclaim!, September 27, 2010.

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