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Sleepmakeswaves

Post Rock/Math rock


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3.92 | 26 ratings | 5 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. to you they are birds, to me they are voices in the forest (08:18)
2. in limbs and joints (04:29)
3. our time is short but your watch is slow (03:10)
4. a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun (11:06)
5. (hello) cloud mountain (03:22)
6. now we rise and we are everywhere (06:42)
7. we like you when you're awkward (02:36)
8 ....and so we destroyed everything (12:20)

Total Time: 52:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Khor / guitar
- Otto Wicks-Green / guitar
- Alex Wilson / bass, keyboards, co-producer
- William Smith / drums

With:
- Holly Harrison / trumpet (4)
- Fred Baty / acoustic guitar (7)
- Pandora Holliday / violin (1)
- Dax Liniere / vocals (8)
- Matt Finney / spoken word (4)

Releases information

Artwork: James Stuart

CD Bird's Robe Records ‎- BRR006 (2011, Australia)

LPx2 + CD Monotreme Records ‎- MONO-77VNL (2013, Europe) Full album on both media

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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3.92
(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
52%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars A refreshing new collection of Post Rock/Math Rock songs from some very technically talented instrumentalists who are also very creative composers. As said by Braid, there is really nothing terribly new or earth-shatteringly groundbreaking in terms of PR/MR sound or structure, it's just refreshing to here an attempt in this sub-genre by some very competent, creative musicians. The drumming is especially vibrant and unusually (for this sub-genre) varied as played by a very talented Aussie, Will Smith. Also, guitar playing isn't so rote and mathematical as many other PR/MR groups. There is variety, texture, emotion, and skill on display here.

1. "to you they are birds, to me they are voices in the forest" (08:18) begins with an peaceful ambient nature intro before blaring guitars and belted drums burst upon the scene for a about 45 seconds. A lull ensues with U2-like drums and bass before tremolo guitars and pulsating synths join in. Another more delicate glock'n'spiel lull before all sound barriers are broken again. Very cool staccato bass and drum section reminiscent of GENESIS' "Watcher of the Skies." Duel synth and two guitar melodies compete for attention while weaving into a background tapestry within which voice and then rapidly strummed guitar melody bring forward new melodies. Synths, guitar and later violin bring back melodies sans drums or bass to end. A lot of MY BLOODY VALENTINE feel in this one. Awesome song. (18/20)

2. "in limbs and joints" (04:29) begins with an awesome echoing rapidly picked guitar which is then joined by whole group chord bursts (and what an awesome chord it is!) This is not your typical Post/Math rock, folks! There is complex thought and structure behind these songs--chords, layers, and progressions. The song establishes a rather heavy but not so thick that you can't distinguish all of the various instruments and their contributions. (9/10)

3. "our time is short but your watch is slow" (03:10) begins with spacey 'radio-wave' and 'whale' like sounds while TANGERINE DREAM driving synth rhythm emerges slowly to take over the pacing of the song. Midi-ed piano, glock & other background wash synth sounds play a note by note lead while volume-pedaled guitar chords gently guide the melody. Nice song. Not so Post/Math rock. (9/10)

4. "a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun" (11:06) begins with a sampled speech from some post-apocalyptic American film. Guitar and drum rhythms soon establish themselves in much a GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT way and sound. By 2:30 a really rockin' groove has been established involving the whole band but isolating the original guitar in a non-stop ripping solo. A little lull before a new variation at 3:30 establishes itself with a bit more power chord play from guitars, synth voice and deep resonating bass. Incredible drum play. Song morphs a bit, in true Post rock style, before amping up--almost to RIVERSIDE-type levels--the heaviness and decibel levels. 5:55 stop! Sensitive guitar, synth, and echoed drum play begin to slowly re-build. Lead sustained-note guitar lead creeps into the mix around the seven minute mark. Another brief breather at 7:50 before a new chord progression with militarized drums and wild cymbol crashes while layers of trumpets and mellotron voices build up layers around the guitars. Amazing section. All comes to a kind of DEAD CAN DANCE/YES end of "Awaken" gentle end at 9:30 while synth washes and lone trumpet continue on, carrying the song to its peaceful end. (20/20)

5. "(hello) cloud mountain" (03:22) begins with some synthesized sounds in a CHROMA KEY kind of way. Guitar and keyboard arpeggios join in before another pretty basic U2-like bass and drum pattern establish themselves. ICEHOUSE-like synth bell notes take the melody lead for a minute during a little lull before the band kicks it back in again. Definitely more synthetic/electronic usage and sound to this one. (8/10)

6. "now we rise and we are everywhere" (06:42) begins with gentle ambient synths over which recording of children playing on a school playground sound. A fast bouncing Stick-like chord enters, followed by slow volume-pedaled guitar notes. By the two minute mark a trip-hoppy drum and bass rhythm is established. Pause around the three minute mark before fast and slow guitar arpeggios play off one another in opposite channels. At 3:50 an awesomely grooving thick bass and rock drum beat establish themselves beneath the two guitars and synths. At 4:35 the instruments all gel into a full-force Post Rock/Math Rock climax, not unlike MOGWAI or MONO. Fade out back with children playground as in the intro. (9/10)

7. "we like you when you're awkward" (02:36) begins with a sound quite reminiscent of either VANGELIS' Blade Runner soundtrack or a New Age/meditation song. Soon the drips and synths become part of the background as they are joined by computer click'n'pop rhythms and two WILL ACKERMAN-like acoustic guitars picking their arpeggiated rhythms in the opposite channels. Cool song! (9/10)

8. "....and so we destroyed everything" (12:20) begins with a piano chord! The solo piano continues playing very delicately for thirty seconds before any other sound joins it: a bouncy synth in the upper keys slowly emerges. At 1:30 the rest of the band comes CRASHING in, a fast tremolo picked electric guitar taking over the melody established by the piano. At 3:53 heavy guitar chords are introduced and at 4:15 they take over making the song sound quite heavy metal for while. Tremolo-picked guitar returns through the heaviness, all building in crescendo until 5:56 when the bottom drops out and we're left with a keyboard playing a pretty melody in a KLAUS SCHULZE kind of way. Trippy-hop programmed drums and acoustic guitars join in at the 6:33 mark. At 7:17 volumes pick up a bit while live drums return, bass carries forward a very cool melody, and electric guitars are now picked where the acoustic were. Heavy guitar chords and crashing cymbol play join in until at 8:38 the full power chords, tremolo eleoctric guitar lead, and now voices are added to the mix. By 9:26 the voices have left while the band carries forward its heavy yet melodic theme. At 10:00 everything drops away again except for voice, acoustic guitar, background synth wash and the same trip-hoppy drum program from before. All instruments begin to fade out: voice, synth, and, finally, drum program, leaving only a bare guitar playing its arpeggio theme to end. Awesome multi-part, multi-layered song. (25/25)

Check this one out, people--it will NOT bore you with its repetition and predictability (though, in the end, it is still mostly PR/MR structured and, therefore, somewhat predictable. But then again, isn't prog as a whole also somewhat predictable?) Synths/keys, trumpets, strings, varied guitar effects, and even 'vocals' make this an interesting and enjoyable listen--repeatedly, too. Try it out.

Five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music. Sleepmakeswaves has created an album that is definitely an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. IMO, this is the Best Post Rock album of 2011 and definitely one that keeps the sub-genre alive and moving forward.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars SLEEPMAKESWAVES are a Post-Rock band out of Australia and this is their first full length album released in 2011. A four piece of two guitarists, a bass player/programmer and drummer. We do get some guest trumpet on one track and violin on another. This is melodic and clear sounding and it's a little different than some Post-Rock with the way the outbursts come suddenly instead of slowly building. I'm not into a lot of the programmed sounds though, especially the percussion that sounds like a drum machine. The album sort of tails off quickly for me with those last three songs as well. Still I enjoyed this quite a bit being as I've been on a Post-Rock binge of late.

"To You They Are Birds, To Me They Are Voices In The Forest" is my favourite but even the way this ends with what is supposed to be a bird slowly chirping from programming sounds cheap(haha). This kicks in hard 30 seconds in surprisingly as a catchy beat and in your face guitars hits us. It calms right back down though a minute later. It starts to build after 2 minutes with guitars and drums then settles again after 3 minutes. It suddenly kicks in hard though rather quickly.

"In Limbs And Joints" has a catchy guitar melody as the other guitar and more come and go. Drums before a minute. A pleasant but rich sound here then it turns pretty heavy after 3 minutes. "Our Time Is Short But Your Watch Is Slow" is slow moving as well with atmosphere before it builds some with percussion-like sounds I don't like and more. It ends like it began. "A Gaze Blank And Pitiless As The Sun" has spoken words and atmosphere to start. Those words end before a minute as the guitar comes in then more as it builds. It's much fuller at 2 1/2 minutes. Nice. A calm after 3 minutes then it explodes around 3 1/2 minutes. A sudden calm before 6 minutes with sparse guitar then trumpet and a beat join in.

"(Hello) Cloud Mountain" is mellow early on but it turns fuller a minute in as the tempo picks up too. Catchy as well then it kicks in pretty hard at 2 minutes. It settles right back before 3 minutes. Not bad. The next two songs don't do a lot for me. "Now We Rise And We Are Everywhere" opens with voices and chime-like sounds and more as it builds. It settles back around 2 minutes as a beat then arrives. Guitar only 3 minutes in then it builds again.

Latest members reviews

4 stars An extremely well written album by Sydney siders Sleepmakeswaves. Unlike contemporaries such as Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai, Sleepmakeswaves add a sense of pace and dynamics to their music making it feel like more of a musical roller coaster than what the other said artists which contain les ... (read more)

Report this review (#992997) | Posted by hamo1689 | Sunday, July 7, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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 nomi ... (read more)

Report this review (#948871) | Posted by bonestorm | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars sleepmakeswaves' official debut LP "...and so we destroyed everything" is often confused as the band's sophomore effort. It's easy to see why; their EP "in today already walks tomorrow" clocked in at 37 minutes long with its six tracks, but more than that was a very confident and coherent release ... (read more)

Report this review (#537653) | Posted by Braid | Friday, September 30, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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