Afterparty, 2.13, Angel, Wolves of Stünz and Hiraeth - these are the previous stepping stones of the Australian musician Tim McMillan. A continuous offer of recordings from 2007 to the present day, now with the addition of Reveries. This latest record joins the musical journey of an extraordinary artist who presents his music outside of any mainstream. The listener is immediately drawn to his intricate guitar playing which is just as unusual as his music, for which he has coined his own term – Goblincore. Most of his previous albums are characterized by their musical structure, rarely following the worn path of common formats. Complex melodies and inventive chord progressions draw us into his strange world of sound and enchant us. Unexpected nuances in the structure of the songs radiate a sometimes beguiling mood. This has been enhanced by the addition of a special ingredient since the album Hiraeth. Collaboration with the classically trained Australian violinist Rachel Snow has been a real gain. The two musicians have been working together for over a decade and have been touring around the world as a duo for four years.
For Reveries they made their way into the studio to record their first fully collaborative album without any guests or further instrumentation. The eleven songs were captured with the help of Arno Jordan at Castle Studios in Roehrsdorf Castle, Dohna, Saxony. The music was recorded analog and live in the studio. It captivates with its warm and intimate atmosphere with just guitar, violin, percussive inserts and two voices that handle each other very delicately and conjure up enchanting harmonies. For the most part, what we know from McMillan's earlier releases has remained, but this now reduced execution of the compositions shines quite differently. One is less distracted and can appreciate the core of the songs which again spread typical moments of contentment without being too amiable, as all the established corners and edges remain.
Goblincore meets Indie Folk?