**Edition of 200 copies, black and silver screen-printed sleeve, housed in a heavy duty library style plastic sleeve with re-sealable strap flap** Timber Rattle's most cohesive and essential release, 'Phantoms of Place' is an exploration of physical space, place and tradition, and an interpretation of life and death in the arcane wild. Timber rattle is a kind of "pyche-pastoral" hymnal which seems to be as informed by noise shows in west coast basements or the revolutionary spirit of poet Jean Genet as it is to the Southern Baptist churches of the Blue Ridge Mountains where its members grew up. It is spatially both vast and intimately spiritual, hoping to create a reflective space within to seek a solitary or individual experience with nature; with the mountains, the forests, the deserts, the oceans... the phantoms of place.
While never straying too far from a pastoral/folk sound that celebrates the primordial and arcane wild that surrounds them geographically, it is juxtaposed against a dicotomy of drone and psyche experimentation which focuses on an intuitive exploration of tone, pattern, scale, and palette. Lyrically, the layers of harmonies present a willful abstraction on the relationships between land and bodies and life and death and magic and language and ritual and myth and space and cycles and animals and plants and food and poison... the sound and the shape of the words being equally important to any 'meaning' discerned from the lyrics.