Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
Deaden The Fields


4.0
excellent

Review

by BroManCaptainGuySirDylan USER (19 Reviews)
July 19th, 2011 | 19 replies | 7,665 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With ‘Deaden The Fields’, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving have moved away from their distinct sound found on their previous efforts and settled into a sweet spot of traditional Post Rock.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving’s debut EP ‘Tiny Fragments’ was truly an impressive and unique release, combining vibrant and spastic (schizophrenic, even) jazzy sections into the mix of a basic ambient rock formula, adding a much needed life into the genre. It’s really something that can’t be described in a just way, and should really be heard in order to be comprehended. To this day, Tiny Fragments remains one of my favourite ever EP’s, due to it’s innovation in songwriting and performing.

Deaden The Fields is their debut album which, while containing their signature sound, has traded in energy and spasticity for a more progressive and serene feel. This allows for some lengthy movements, an example of which is opening track ‘Landmarks’ running slightly over 17 minutes. In fact, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving seem to have embraced the extended song length method, as along with the aforementioned song, the most notable tracks on the album run well over the ten-minute mark.

That’s not to say that everything else is inferior in comparison, but I did notice the longer tracks held my attention longer than the shorter ones, which is quite an impressive feat for a band to accomplish considering with this type of music, it’s normally quite the opposite if anything.

A change in sound and direction is certainly nothing to moan about, as it is a purely creative decision among the members of the band and something that should be respected. If I do have a complaint, and I do, is that the album has an absence of any vocals whatsoever, and is merely replaced by the occasional sample or sectional chants. Now, these fit in quite well with he music as a whole, but on Tiny Fragments, vocalist Ron Pollard briefly showed us his screaming abilities, which were nothing short of stellar, instantly reminding me of the harsh vocals performed by the various members of Cult Of Luna (one of my all-time favourite Post Metal bands).

So it’s not as if Pollard’s voice was a burden on the band, but again, perhaps this is a creative decision to fit in with their slight change of direction? It’s just a shame as this particular talent was short lived on Tiny Fragments and I was hoping to hear an extension of it. It’s disappointing that I heard a lack of vocals on this record, and even if there were a few that snuck past me, they obviously weren’t strong enough to grab my attention.

Cast all negativity aside however, as Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving have delivered with a fantastic debut album, albeit a different sounding one at that. With ‘Deaden The Fields’, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving have moved away from their distinct sound found on their previous efforts and settled into a sweet spot of traditional Post Rock. This is by no means a bad thing as long as they can create music well, and they can. They certainly can.



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InFiction
July 19th 2011



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After being blown away by Tiny Fragments, I waited so long for this album so I'm glad to finally be able to hear it.

I think I focused too much on the negative in this review (I tend to do that a lot) but still, constructive criticism is appreciated.

rasputin
July 19th 2011



14504 Comments


saw these guys live about a fortnight ago, they were really great. it was the first time i heard them and i was impressed so i bought a couple of their cds, but i haven't had much of a chance to listen to them.

rasputin
July 19th 2011



14504 Comments


just skimmed your review; you didn't mention anything about the record being 'aggressive' or 'metal', which is surprising because what i've heard from them is basically aggressive jazz fusion, but perhaps this album doesn't have any of that? i dunno because i haven't heard this yet. i'm hoping they aren't moving away from that sound

DoubtGin
July 19th 2011



6686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this didn't sound particularily angry to me; post-rock with bits of electronic and jazz is probably how I would describe them

I expected something different after the "Contextually Inept" single, tbh

North0House2
July 19th 2011



5596 Comments


I've heard the name of these guys before. Never checked them out. I will now.

Digging: Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha

InFiction
July 19th 2011



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@rasputin
Yeah, this record is more toned down than what Tiny Fragments was. You can hear some similarities between the two, but it's a different sounding record overall.

FilupLees
July 19th 2011



344 Comments


The bassist for Eleventh He Reaches London is in this band, right?

I liked their first EP, but I should probably have listened to it more.

Vooligan
July 20th 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fucking amazing album. Great review man.

Seriously can't get parts of deep rivers run quiet out of my head.

InFiction
July 20th 2011



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, especially the last minute or so. Shit is so epic.

Vooligan
July 21st 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Landmarks is incredible also.

InFiction
July 21st 2011



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True that, probably the most jazz influenced on the album. I also love the last track.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2011



20200 Comments


just found this on bandcamp

Digging: YG - My Krazy Life

wyankeif1337
August 13th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god, this is excellent.

Vooligan
August 14th 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

better than excellent

Benwx
August 30th 2011



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing these guys Friday... with sleepmakeswaves and Dumbsaint. EXCITED!

Transcend
August 30th 2011



361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That sounds so epic.

Vooligan
August 30th 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Seeing them on saturday AND sunday haha

acorncheese
August 30th 2011



7115 Comments


need to get this.

Denzer2525
January 26th 2012



59 Comments


Cant wait to see where they go next



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