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Timber Timbre and Great Lake Swimmers @ Theater Plaza - June 20th

Posted by Sarah / June 21, 2009

Timber Timbre Montreal.jpgIt's been a while since I've last attended a show in Montreal and since I've been ill since I've returned from Europe, last night it was twice as great to celebrate my official return to my beloved city by seeing one of my current favorite bands play in such a great venue. I speak of course about the mysterious and fabulous Timber Timbre, who has recently re-released his latest eponymous record with Arts & Crafts. It didn't take too long after the original release of the album for the notorious Canadian Indie label to notice this chap, and with good reason: it's simply brilliant.

The two previous times I've seen him play the leading man was accompanied by a slide guitar and a violin, but this time around he replaced the violinist with a saxophone player, which was and interesting and original decision. Personally, I preferred the sound and effects of the violin with his music, though I must say that the show has evolved in order to make it work well with the trade. Since the sax doesn't quite fill in the same way a violin would, the slide guitar became even more evident, and that I found was a wonderful surprise. I believe it was the same gentleman on the instrument and he simply blew my mind with all of the delicate and well thought out sound effects he added to the music. Unsurprisingly and to my utter delight, Taylor Kirk performed with just as much talent as he has previously as well. I also noticed that he appears to be increasingly comfortable on stage; good for him and great for the audience. Way to go!

Great Lake Swimmers.jpgThe headliners were of course The Great Lake Swimmers, which I've heard a lot about, but haven't much of their music before last night. They're a very listenable folk band that play mostly ballads and and sweets songs about heartbreak and big love (which I believe is basically the definition of ballad, but whatever). The signer's voice is very nice: soft, soothing, and quite pleasing to the ear. The lyrics are simple and unpretentious and the music is tender. It comes as no surprise that the audience was filled with cuddling couples enjoying the moment. I believe there was one song that was a bit more up-beat and it came off a bit like a "rigodon". There was quite of bit of people in the giant room, so it appears as though their act is quite successful. I don't really know their songs, but I think it's safe to say their performance is pretty much flawless. The only thing I had a bit of a hard time with is the fact that pretty much every song seem to carry a similar soft lulling tone, which is not to say it's bad, it just didn't work quite so well with the jet lag. Great show altogether.

Photos by SarahBrideau.com

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