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Tim & Adam’s eponymous debut album sounds like a dreamy carnival. Underpinned by a vintage Lowrey organ the duo bought at a thrift store, the songs were built around its undulating, festive rhythms, then layered to the exosphere with guitar, piano, and spacious melodies, shimmering and echoing above the clouds. Interlacing guy/girl vocals permeate every song, at times playing cat and mouse, at others merging into a sublime oneness. From a combination of playful and sweet, ominous and mystic, curious and quixotic, emerge as many layers of imagination and feeling as there are of sound created by this uncommon pair.
The couple lives in South Florida, where they met on a hot and humid summer night in 2006. Adam was playing with his band at Alligator Alley, a cozy dive in Fort Lauderdale, and Tim was in the crowd. Tim, it should be noted, is the girl in this story. Mutual friends introduced the two, and now, almost 7 years later, they’re engaged to be married, with their debut album complete, both raring and ready to turn a new leaf. This is the first record Tim & Adam have produced together, but it is truly the fruit of many years of sonic adventures, both collaboratively and individually.
Tim Yehezkely was born in Israel and moved to the US when she was 3 years old. She began studying clarinet in the 4th grade, later moving on to oboe and flute, then guitar and piano as a teen. Eventually she left the school band, preferring to experiment with songwriting and recording. “I was finally breaking free from the confines of formal music training to do things on my own terms,” Tim remembers. In her early 20s, she summoned the courage to perform at an open mic night, where she met members of what would become the critically acclaimed indie pop outfit, The Postmarks, who, incidentally, would also introduce her to her future fiancé.
Adam Rosenberg, a proud Florida native, studied piano at the age of 6, picked up the guitar at 15 and joined his first band in his early 20s. He was the front man of the bands Whirlaway, I Am Stereo, and Hello Human, all of which garnered critical praise. During that time, Adam also gained experience in the studio while recording and producing albums for two of his bands as well as other local artists. After meeting Tim, it wasn’t long before the two began writing songs together. “Both of us are musicians and we are surrounded by instruments. It was bound to happen,” Adam says. Even though Adam kept working the daily grind as Tim continued her studies in pharmacy school, what little spare time remained was devoted to their mutual love of creating music.
Tim & Adam wrote the songs for their debut album over the course of about a month. The evolution of the sound, however, was a more gradual process, as layer upon layer of instruments and vocals were added, fermenting and blending over time, taking on a new life and sound of their own. “Everything developed organically,” Tim says. “It’s not that we went into it with a particular idea in mind. We just wanted the freedom to try new things and have fun. We wanted to do something different than either one of us had done before.”
“It all started with the organ,” Adam adds. “We had no specific sound we were going for. We wanted real acoustic and analog instruments, played by us. This is all real and all performance-based recording, one track at a time.”
When the songs started to take shape, Tim & Adam searched for outside ears to mix and master the album. After hearing some demos, Grammy award-winning engineer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Air) agreed to do the mixing, and Tim & Adam were off to L.A. Then they hooked up with Bob Weston (Mission of Burma, Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh) to master the record. Now, finally, they are ready to share it with the world. Look out for their debut, Tim & Adam, dropping this May.