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Tim Gilbertson

Tim Gilbertson - Palisades

Pop Echo - 2010

Michael Panontin
Power-pop of the subtler kind often takes a back seat to the more gonad-fuelled, post-Pavement sorts, so the arrival of a single like Tim Gilbertson's 'Chipped Teeth' definitely comes as a pleasant surprise. Its breathy vocal seems to waft effortlessly around the lo-fi guitars and straight-up drumming. The Edmonton-based lad - and he's barely into his twenties - who wrote the entirety of his sophomore LP Palisades (on which 'Chipped Teeth' appears), still demurs somewhat at the notion that he's any sort of songwriter/extraordinaire. "I may have written the songs initially on my own, but they really get transformed as a group. The influence of the other bandmates' styles really pulls the record around a lot more." And this is especially true elsewhere on Palisades. The mostly rustic, guitar-driven sound is gussied up somewhat with more urbane creative touches, like the slight Glockenspiel on 'You're Out There', or the nifty keyboard on 'Return to Sender'. Nice.


     Tim Gilbertson
     Pop Echo

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