Tall Timbers is a two-person collaborative based out of New Orleans, LA and Richmond, VA that recently released a self-titled album Tall Timbers. There are twelve songs but it comes in at a fast twenty-nine minutes.
It’s a folk album that at its heart revolves around acoustic guitar and vocals. The album is warm, nostalgic and pensive. It reminded me of a number of melancholy artists such as early Bon Iver, Elliott Smith and more.
The album opens with “Orson Welles” and immediately hits you with a dose of nostalgia as the vocalist sings about the ’90s and strums a couple of major and minor chords. This song sets the tone for the album. You can also hear insects and the crackle of fire which give it an outdoors quality.
The next song “Stargazer” is one of the highlights in the batch. It’s a well delivered song with some memorable melodies. “Flora” is one of the sound pieces that more or less tries to elicit a nostalgic emotion. There’s some organ, very basic guitar and the sound of children.
The next two songs “Kingmaker” and “Andrea Doria” are warm acoustic songs and “Fauna” is a piano-led piece that again really hits on a melancholy reflective emotion. As the album progressed I thought “Calaveras” and the closer “Fervor” were highlights.
I think nostalgia that is covered in some melancholy is the most common emotion that I hear in albums. This album does that on the nose and pulls it off. There were some more brief moments of hope and maybe joy but this was obviously the focal point.
I think the songwriter did a good job with the sequencing by fitting in some melodies and then some soundscape which felt more like vignettes. My only critique is that I wanted one to two tracks to dig a little deeper in terms of length and structure.
Overall, this is a good album that was well thought out and executed. Take a listen.
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