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Sleepmakeswaves -  ...And So We Destroyed Everything CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

3.92 | 26 ratings

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4 stars sleepmakeswaves' debut full length album has certainly gained a great number of positive responses from both the online community and the Australian public. A popular live act, they have toured with the likes of Karnivool, earned a spot as feature artist on Triple J and also gained a 2012 ARIA nomination for this very album.

There's nothing terribly new that the band brings to the post rock genre, but what they do, they do very well. This is great music for having on in the background, or to relax to late at night. It's unobtrusive for the most part, as good post rock should be. By the same token, it's not totally engaging either. I find it difficult to immerse myself within the music, rather it just slips by without too much effect, and so in that regard I really need to be in the right mood to listen to it.

I'll single out track 4 "A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun" for special mention. Clocking in at around 11 minutes it is one of the longest on the album. It begins with some muted guitar strumming and builds nicely, until at 3:30 it explodes with some of the most energetic moments of the album. Here the music is almost transcendent, with power chords merging with trilling guitar, synths and percussion in perfect harmony.

Production especially is top notch. Each of the instruments occupy their own space and there's plenty of room for the music to breathe. At no point does it sound over compressed or too busy, a perfect balance for this kind of music.

Another highlight is the drumming of William Smith, who has sadly now left the band, but provides some amazing texture to the soundscape of this album.

Overall the band is one of the best post rock acts around and worthy of a listen for fans of the genre.

bonestorm | 4/5 |


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