Buried Beds
Tremble The Sails


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matt Harrison CONTRIBUTOR (19 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2012 | 9 replies | 1,927 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mother taught them something right.

Homesickness is a natural part of life. College students feel it, deployed soldiers feel it, even Indie-Folk bands feel it, though, apparently more than most. With tracks like “Breadcrumb Trail”, “Mother”, and “Home”, it seems apparent without even listening to Tremble the Sails that Philadelphia band Buried Beds have regressed back to some sort of childhood dependency.

If only it were that innocent...

The first thing you notice upon listening to Tremble the Sails is Buried Beds’ nearly impeccable musicianship on the record. Each member of the Philadelphia quintet interlace their canny melodies and sprightly, assorted drumming like patchwork to what their album cover so appropriately illustrates. In fact, it almost seems too eclectic to work, yet the color crafted isn’t over-stimulating, nor distracting from the overall experience. Songs like “Breadcrumb Trail”, perhaps the closest candidate to being the album’s single, "Your Modern Age", and “Grandma’s Bow”, are your off beat rock songs that flirt with hints of Ragtime and display ethereal vocal harmonies from the two female members that sound as if they came straight from a score by Danny Elfman, Tim Burton’s long time frequented composer.

Yet, amidst the childlike charms the band weaves with their sunny, multifarious instrumentation, there is a buried sadness and almost foreign maturity that oscillate between the conflicting feelings associated with the inevitable departure from childhood, and the loss of a love, though this is kept fairly ambiguous. It's most easily identifiable in the heartfelt piano ballads “Shepard’s Keep” and “Just Hold Me” sung by keyboardist Eliza Jones and frontman/guitarist Brandon Beaver, respectively, revealing Tremble the Sails to not always be the bright and comforting bed time story it appears to be at ground level. With the latter and closing track, Beaver croons "don't hold me down, just hold me" repeatedly, building to moments of composed desperation as if holding in a deep rooted bitterness towards Jone's elegy of love, so to speak, in "Shepard's Keep".

As congruent as the band is on Tremble the Sails, there is never a dull moment. No grey in the Buried Beds complexion. Viola solos, bombastic drumming, bubbly keyboard riffs, even slightly haunting guitar work that can immediately hop back into happily-ever-after-land, suggest that Buried Beds can cross no lines of what is unfitting. No, Buried Beds wear their mother-fixated quirkness on their sleeves like girl scout badges of honor, and you know what? It's entirely appropriate.



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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2012



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgive me, for I know not how to italicise album names.



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ZedO
August 3rd 2012



1096 Comments


check this man: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2012



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea, that would be good to know. thanks

ZedO
August 3rd 2012



1096 Comments


this is okay, i checkek out one song; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kNpifswGqI

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2012



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

studio version is much better. You can download their cd from their website for free or give a donation. http://buriedbeds.com/shop.html

CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2012



28306 Comments


is this fulgrim?

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2012



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what?

c0ffee
August 17th 2012



279 Comments


I saw Buried Beds on tour with mewithoutYou and they had a collaborative song with 5-6 percussionists (called "1000 Acres" I believe). I don't know their other songs, but that one was powerful and addictive.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 17th 2012



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea, I first discovered them back in May when I saw mewithoutYou too. I don't know that song, but a lot of their songs included percussion played by pretty much every member of the band except the violist.



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