How do you review a haunting? Timber Timbre’s self-titled release, recently short-listed for the Polaris Prize, takes on phantom shapes through singer Taylor Kirk’s ghost-folk-baby warbling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins voice. Every track is organic, cautious like a tip-toe but bold in its intentions. “Timber Timbre” stretches over itself, enveloping its contents in a cocoon of revelations and autumn leaves. As Taylor Kirk’s third album (after 2006's Cedar Shakes, 2007's Medicinals), “Timber Timbre” maintains a feeling of a private blues performance, sung as well by Canadian Kirk as any man from the Delta. The feeling of the album is declared by the opening track: “I know there’s no such thing as ghosts/ but I have seen the demon Host” Kirk coos into what sounds like darkness. Listening to his voice immediately conjures up visions of dark, wood cabins and solitary gusts of breeze. The soft and ghostly tone carries throughout, punctuated by tracks like “Lay Down in the Tall Grass,” in which it sounds like Jay Hawkins has crawled into Kirk’s pocket and tugged on his shirtsleeves. The lyrics ("You dug me out of this shallow grave/So badly decomposed/And you still took me home") could describe love, though they could just as much tell the story of listening to this album, dusting off the feeling of being haunted by its contents. The eight simple tracks which make up “Timbre Timbre” are all beautiful, heavy, and evoke darkness. Subtle shifts throughout echo moaning and ersatz simplicity. Kirk’s voice manages an impossible balance between the bold and the silent. And though he references American roots music, Kirk creates a sound which is distinct, eerie, and unforgettable. “Timber Timbre” is full of both the sounds we know as well as sounds we won’t forget.