sleepmakeswaves / Tangled Thoughts...
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Silveri EMERITUS
April 25th, 2009 | 15 replies | 6,046 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A siren call to attention, this is what it's like wandering delicately though a hurricane.

Australia, the great Down Under, always been a country on the edge of culture, sitting somewhere in between the Orient and the West, perhaps with a rather confused pedigree and like the little brother that no one really pays attention to. The same of course, can be said of its music. While some of it’s more pop orientated indie and rock have reached beyond it’s shores, unnoticed go the gems of Australia’s underground, whose talents span vast stretches of genres from post-rock, to electronic and other cutting edge experimentalism. (For those interested, take a look at Karoshi, Bury The Sound or Seekae). So when it was announced that two of the countries most exciting bands would pull together to release a split album, I was, to put it mildly, frikkin' stoked. If the Sleepmakeswaves/Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving split doesn’t yet put the music scene here on the map, its a sign that things are brighter than ever before, and at the very least, we’ll be sitting here sitting here enjoying it like a fine glass of wine, alone but oh so content.

As a post-rock outfit, Sleep haven’t so much expanded their sound here as altered the mood ever so slightly, tweaking and fine tuning an already chillingly good formula. Those looking for more than what was offered on ‘In Today Walks Tomorrow’ won’t find it here in droves, but for those with a craving for post-rock baked to golden brown yumminess, Sleep’s effort here is not one to go awry. And so what of that mood? Well, at the very least, the band seem to have embraced a theme of tangled hope, with openers “Keep Your Splendid Sun” and “We Sing The Body Electric” aggressively embracing a heart warming blend of vibrant cinematic climaxes and defiant subtlety, creating within it a sound as bright as it is heavy. For a band so unassuming, it’s a powerful siren call whose lure lies in deep within their chilling musical gifts.

Once again, Sleep let their rhythm do most of the talking, with tearing bass distinctively grumbling it’s way through Sleep’s side of the split, while Smith’s drumming has without a doubt upped the ante with his intricate and creative flair shining through in a way it was never allowed to before, most noticeably on his brilliant tribal effort at the tail end of “We Sing The Body Electric”. Much of this is also thanks to an improved production which has brought the talent to the forefront where it should be. At the same time, the band have expanded on their crunch factor, rocking out harder than they ever have, with heavy passages taking their cue from post-metal bands like Pelican and Isis, but still delicately balanced by twinkling ambience and subtle electronic wrangling. “This Is How We Remember” also explores the band’s more melancholic side, putting on the brakes with a warmly invigorating grace not unlike some of Mono’s more elegant moments.

Yet, if in the space of three songs, smw have established themselves as a band playing post-rock at it’s most engaging, what about Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, whose Tiny Fragments EP put them on the map as perhaps the most exciting progressive sound in Australia (Alongside with the magnificent Bury The Sound)? While perhaps not as wild as their earlier material, Tangled’s latest shows off a band who’ve streamlined and claimed a sound entirely for themselves, one filled with spiraling piano arpeggios and jazz warped percussives, all thrown in into a mixing pot of dynamic song structures and a whole slew of intriguing instrumentation. If “A Vexing Predicament” puts on show band who can push the boundaries of mathy, piano orientated songwriting (similar perhaps, to Caverns without the metal influences), its the fifteen minute epic of “The World Is A Deaf Machine” that establishes Tangled Thoughts as without a doubt one of the most original and forward thinking bands around today. Building throughout its length with delicate touches of ivory and angular cymbal wrangling, it’s a lush, weaving composition that’ll sweep an unsuspecting listener right into the eye of a hurricane of harsh riffing and brazen complexity unlike any other. It’s an aural experience to behold, and up there with one of ‘09s most intriguing musical moments.

At just five songs long, the Smw/Tangled Split was never meant to blow minds, but rather offer a teasing taste of what each band could offer. If anything, it’s come off as a vivid marker of the brilliant underground of the Australian music scene, and if more like this is on its way, it’ll be for the world to lap up with glee.

3.9/5



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Vooligan
April 25th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review.
i love both these bans and this split. We Sing the Body Electric and The World is a Deaf Machine are awesome.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 25th 2009



6001 Comments


Must get. Never heard of Tangled Thoughts but sleepmakeswaves are cool and the fact that you've mentioned "one of 09s most intriguing musical moments" has me sold. Plus, I find your recommendations rarely leave me disappointed.

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

jrowa001
April 25th 2009



8750 Comments


oh snap, i need to get this

Youwithoutme
April 25th 2009



301 Comments


I've never heard about Tangled Thoughts but I hear sleepmakeswaves is a really good band.

Golgoroth
April 25th 2009



1084 Comments


Where can I get this? I love sleepmakeswaves.

Golgoroth
April 25th 2009



1084 Comments


Ugh nvm it says you have to email them or pick it up at a concert

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 25th 2009



3765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Must get. Never heard of Tangled Thoughts but sleepmakeswaves are cool and the fact that you've mentioned "one of 09s most intriguing musical moments" has me sold. Plus, I find your recommendations rarely leave me disappointed..



Haha, no probs Kirg, if you can try and pick up a copy of Tangled Thought's Tiny Fragments EP, it's amazing.

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deviantgirl
April 25th 2009



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brilliant review Alex. I too love this split album and it got me on to Tangled Thoughts of Leaving. Along with Sleepmakeswaves' back catalogue, the Tangled Thoughts EP is also available for free download online, check them out!

Altmer
April 26th 2009



5652 Comments


Australia, the great Down Under, always been a country on the edge of culture, sitting somewhere in between the Orient and the West, perhaps with a rather confused pedigree and like the little brother that no one really pays attention too. The same of course, can be said of its music. While some of it’s more pop orientated indie and rock have reached beyond it’s shores,


No apostrophe for its (it's a possessive, not it is or it has), and too needs to lose an o.



prytheclouds
April 26th 2009



1 Comments


You can order it online from http://ttol.bigcartel.com or go to http://www.myspace.com/ttol

lobby
April 27th 2009



1251 Comments


I saw sleepmakeswaves last year. They were ace.

theilladelph
April 29th 2009



265 Comments


review def made me want to check this out... btw there's another typo at the end of your 1st paragraph

Vooligan
November 25th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is up for a free (and legal) download here: http://lostchildrennetlabel.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/sleepmakeswaves-tangled-thoughts-of-leaving-split-lp/

You all should get it, some of the best post rock of the year.

AnotherBrick
December 12th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

definitely like the first part more

ProfessorVeerappan
March 8th 2013



790 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck the more i hear this album
the more sincere it feels as sleepmakeswaves does it's magic
silently
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving sets the droning feel
that just grips you tight throughout
there is some mad australian post-rock scenes coming up it's crazy how bands are experimenting and getting together madness.



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