Unmistakable on sight by their frontman's interstellar ginger afro, songsmiths Timothy Nelson & The Infidels – last heard from with the anthemic 2013 hits Born In The '90s and Mary Lou – have delivered their masterwork: album number two, Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It. A bold and fully-developed artistic statement, Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It marks an evolutionary step forward for the band, who have worked in deeper collaboration than ever to create their best and most varied songs to date, captured beautifully by producer Joel Quartermain.
As indicated by the vast musical distance travelled by Timothy Nelson & The Infidels since their 2011 debut album I Know This Now, the band aren't genre writers. They want to explore. To dabble. So there are very few limits on where their songs can go, in the broad spectrum of pop music. Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It covers so much ground as it unfolds... from straight up radio anthems (Calling Out To You, Inside My Head, Mary Lou) to the haunting and minimalist (Do U Need It, Rush) and from Manchester (All The People) to the Mississippi (Cocoa Jackson), the band's imagination has run rampant. The magic at the heart of every song: their love of / knack for earworms. An innate ability to write a hook.
Instrumentally beautiful and richly complex, Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It also boasts The Infidels' best musicianship to date. A who's who of Perth music's vanguard, The Infidels is an impressive lineup of multi-instrumentalists able to manoeuvre into an almost endless variety of ensembles of strings, keys, vocals and percussion. This level of sheer capability and collaboration between Nelson, the band and Joel Quartermain (whose decade-long songwriting accomplishments in Eskimo Joe need little explaining) has allowed the ensemble to strive for loftier heights than ever before, resulting in an album that simply speaks for itself.
Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It shows just how rapid and exponential the musical growth of Timothy Nelson & The Infidels has been. Just a few years ago they were winning Western Australia's highest music awards, nominated as a folk band. Now, without missing a step, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels have become almost indefinably musically vast; capable of bringing to life any of the wondrous music that pops into their imagination.