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Funeral Music

by Tim Seely

Funeral Music is the debut solo offering from 28-year-old singer-songwriter Tim Seely. It is a collection of sophisticated space-folk songs for hard-luck lovers.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 6 Foot Crest
5:09 $0.99
2. On Film I Play Myself
4:22 $0.99
3. The Bees At Nite
2:58 $0.99
4. Lady Luck
5:24 $0.99
5. Funeral Music
4:07 $0.99
6. Trucker's Lullaby
4:20 $0.99
7. Pleasant Valley State Prison
4:49 $0.99
8. Sometimes a Fool
3:33 $0.99
9. Telephone
4:00 $0.99
10. Hell Rules
2:57 $0.99
11. Fake What You Need
4:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tim is perhaps best known as the voice behind his former band The Actual Tigers (their critically lauded, poorly promoted debut/swan song, Gravelled & Green, was released on Capitol/Nettwerk America in 2001). After the demise of the ‘Tigers and their record deal, the Seattle native retreated to the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, to write and record the majority of what would become Funeral Music. There he entered the studio with producer Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello) and local multi-instrumentalist Clay Jones, to flesh out the demos he loosely assembled in his bedroom. Dennis manned the helm for seven of the album’s eleven tracks. Tim recorded the remaining tracks at his home studio, House of Destruction, back in Seattle.

The record as a whole is a decidedly dreamy, late-night affair. Along with the usual noisemakers, Tim and friends conjure up an otherworldly musical landscape using orchestral samples, subtle electronics, steel guitar, layered background vocals, a “tiny bell” and various found sounds (“Hell Rules,” a reworking of an obscure Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 song, utilizes a toddler babbling in tongues on a voicemail message).

Tim’s narratives range from angular self-reflection, as in the opening track “6 Foot Crest” (“We built a house of shattered glass / The grommets growled as she rose / Prepared my shelf for mantle health / and wasted hours in her fold”), to dysfunctional character studies, contained in tracks like “Trucker’s Lullaby” (the tale of a lovelorn trucker’s self-induced slumber at the wheel), or the title track, in which an apparent neurotic rambles on about the object of his affection, a funeral singer.

In addition to his studio savvy, Tim is also a versatile live performer. His live set employs an instrument he invented, dubbed the “angel bar,” that tracks his voice via an extra microphone and allows him to essentially “sing” string arrangements. This along with his emotive tenor and knack for finger-style guitar playing make for a multi-dimensional performance whether performing solo or with band. He has recently landed supporting slots for such notable artists as Giant Sand, The Frames, Josh Rouse, Sparklehorse and Ed Harcourt.

When not adding to his own body of work, Tim applies his producing, arranging and mixing talents to the projects of other artists that catch his fancy. He’s also been known to offer his voice to commercial radio jingles in foreign places such as Brazil, the United Kingdom, and even Houston, Texas. His favorite food is pizza.



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great seattle-ite!
I heard this guy on XM radio, I think they might have been playing the better part of the cd, maybe it was a live performance, but the song that really caught my attention was "Funeral Music", it just hit home and made me chuckle in a way that told me I needed to hear more of this artist. (Sample lyric "It's that look in your eyes, picturing me dead when I am sleeping...My worst situation is something to trivialize.")

As for the rest of the cd, I haven't given it a fair listen, though the track "Pleasant Valley State Prison" stands out from the rest. Sample lyric "If only sighs could pay the rent...".

This is the most inventive, best presentation for a cd I have ever seen. It comes in its own red dossier, complete with black string closing, like a journal. Great graphics within, lyrics included (a lost art).

I would recommend this cd for fans of Sufjan Stevens and Laura Veirs.

Maria Morello

Great CD! Soulful and unique.
I don't have any other albums from this artist to compare it to, but I love the CD. The "space folk" genre is a new one to me. The lyrics and the music are soulful and unique. I really like it.