electric piano and synthesizer. There’s a piano solo, the melody returns on alto sax, and suddenly the song is transformed into a honkin’, swingin’, screamin’ 6/8 jam with solos, percussion, and a hook to bring it all together. It’s tight, but with an arrangement free enough to give every band member room to blow and space to grow.
Balancing the music of Timestream are their lyrics. Embracing slice-of-life stories, love songs, songs of joy and songs of sadness, Timestream conjures up visions of freedom, flying saucers, dreams, reaching the stars and reaching for your lover. Some bands are lucky to have one lead vocalist, but Timestream has two, and whether singing alone, together or in four-part harmony with the hand, Ebacher and Frake have the expressive voices to fully realize the lyrics. My favorite lyrics are from “Dreaming.”
“I held you in my arms last night
And dreamed that we had taken flight Like the hawk and like the wind
Searching for some nameless friend.” This verse can almost be taken as a metaphor for ,an evening with Timestream, one of those perfect evenings when the band is hot and loose, the room packed and the lights low. As the energy builds and the music gets higher, the band and audience seem to become one, feeding energy back and forth and taking flight together. Time-