Timber – Scrawled

Timber - Scrawled

If there can be an indie-rock there can be an indie-country. And if I ran a record store I would place Scrawled in the indie-country bin. Timber’s third album has country textures running through each track that gravitate more to country and western than alt-country or country-rock, but it also has some independent strains mingled in, fleshed out through the use of varied instrumentation such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, accordion, upright bass and pedal steel.

The Georgia band’s aesthetic oozes with a warm, southern hospitality that isn’t bad, but neither is it highly original nor entirely appealing. The violins sound more like fiddles and with lyrics to match song titles like “Just Another Sad, Sad Song”, “Yeah, Well I Never Loved You Too” and “Beer Bottles and Cigarette Butts”, you’re not going to get any iconoclastic ruminations or cerebral rock, but something more along the lines of three chords and the truth.

Periodically some colorful instrumental flourishes are added to the warm melodies in an attempt to add stock to the songs, but it’s nothing to get excited about since they’re neither grabbing nor contagious and act more like weary window dressings to the prosaic song structures and their ineffective themes.

The few charming grooves on Scrawled aren’t intriguing enough to warrant repeated spins or allow me to recommend it.

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