Timonium – Until He Finds Us

Timonium
Until He Finds Us

Despite the geographic distances between its members – founders Adam Hervey and Adam Garcia live hours apart, but both on the west coast – Timonium has managed to release music that’s surprisingly cohesive and startlingly beautiful. Now that drummer Garcia has finally moved to Los Angeles, all members of the band live in the same city for the first time, and it only bodes well for the future of this overlooked band.
On their third album, Timonium are clearly at their peaks. Much less ambient than Resist Education, but also less soaring and more intricately moody than the band’s debut, Suspende Animation, Until He Finds Us culminates ground sown on those two releases. Hervey and Tracy Uba’s soft vocals blend nicely on songs that are at times soft and haunting, at times layered and soaring, and the intricate rhythms and layered guitars – as well as touches of strings – lend as much of a nod to bands like Galaxie 500 as slow-core pioneers Low.
The opening track, “Populations,” shows hints of the building song structures that made me fall in love with Suspende Animation. Building on layers of guitars and drums, it soars along Uba’s soft vocals. “Red Pawn” is softer, much more moody, and Uba and Hervey trade vocals for a rather haunting effect. On the almost eight-minute “Across the Footlights,” the soft guitar and plaintive vocals get so soft they’re barely audible, but the song also builds to some of the album’s best moments, as guitars soar along drums and the male and female vocals blend beautifully. Perhaps my favorite song is the soft “Flagship,” another eight-minute affair that keeps a steady pace, most of the time, and lends comparisons to bands like Early Day Miners. The chiming guitar and more focused vocals on “Filamented” makes it another highlight. The album’s dark-toned closer,” The Past Within the Past,” is a suiting finish for the album.
What first struck me about Timonium is the band’s ability to fully develop a song, moving from quiet and stark to lush and powerful. But on Resist Education, they developed a more quiet and instrumentally focused approach that definitely fills out the songs here, making them much deeper and more powerful. Fans of slow-core and intricate rock will love this band and their powerful, moving style of music.