Arms of Tripoli
Dream In Tongues


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (79 Reviews)
March 10th, 2014 | 14 replies | 2,094 views


Release Date: 02/21/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An extremely promising post rock debut with tons of talent and potential at their disposal.

Dream In Tongues is one of those cases where one could judge how the album will sound just by looking at it. The splash of bright colors coupled with the flowers really foreshadow how the album will be radiant, inspiring and never fail to put the listener in a fantastic mood. Dream In Tongues' vibrant atmosphere and incredibly polished instrumentation proves to be undeniably well played and brings to mind the more eventful side of Explosions In The Sky and the more mellow side of Cloudkicker. Rest assured Arms Of Tripoli have crafted a surprisingly exceptional post rock album that excretes talent, uncharacteristically fantastic production for an underground band and the most important aspect of them all: Potential for the future.

One can’t escape how unknown Arms Of Tripoli is and one would expect great production to be a work in progress from an up and coming band. However, right from the start of “Miniature Habitats” we get the sense that the band poured all of their heart and soul into the production. Every instrument gets their moment in the spotlight and it certainly helps that it’s all played exceptionally well. The listener will be sucked into “Miniature Habitat’s” fantastic guitar riffs and brilliant dazzling mood. However, despite sounding like the bands mentioned above the structure of most of the songs on Dream In Tongues are nothing like these band’s songs. Arms Of Tripoli strives to convey more melody and has an emphasis on providing a more eventual post rock experience than creating extremely long builds. “Escalator Jazz” and “10th Graders Forever” are the best examples of the band’s more song like structures. “Escalator Jazz” never slows down as soon as it starts and it’s immediately accessible due to its fast, upbeat guitar work and ever so present yet creative bass riffs. “10th Graders Forever” shows the more beautiful side of the album with its gingerly played guitar work and wonderful crescendo in the last couple of minutes. The best part about Dream In Tongues is how immediately accessible the mood and could be best served as a starting point for the genre.

However, make no mistake that the album has its fair share of dark, brooding post rock moments and those moments reside in the album highlight “Snowed In.” It’s this song where the fantastic drumming shines and they really create a vast soundscape along with the chilling guitar riff. Imagine an epic movie that showcases an overwhelming scope and this is where this song belongs. It creates a stunning mood and the band’s cohesive musicianship really shines through here. Though the song it undoubtedly a highlight, it does stick out like a sore thumb because of its chilling, epic nature and it comes out of nowhere. Rest assured, “Snowed In” should have been saved for the end because it would have made for an epic closer.

Dream In Tongues proves to be an extremely refreshing look at the unknown post rock scene. It dazzles with its incredible production and undeniably upbeat mood and atmosphere. Anyone looking to get into post rock should definitely us this as a first album because it manages to be accessible without being completely contrived or derivative. Some parts however do feature some been-there-done-that aspects, but they are nonetheless well played and the numerous influences are used to their advantage. They have tons of talent at their disposal and the future looks incredibly bright for them.



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heyadam
March 10th 2014



1708 Comments


This sounds awesome. Definitely stoked to check it out

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool dude. Anyone could check it on bandcamp btw

Mad.
March 10th 2014



3706 Comments


Hell yes! An unknown band, I'm proud of you son.
Awesome review, I noticed is that you talk about an unknown band having surprisingly good production, but I've found that even the most obscure stuff, such as Sputnik's own Solterra - Umbra can have absolutely flawless production even if it's on zero-budget. Hell, people can get better production in their bedrooms than in the studio.
As you know post rock's not always my thing but I may well give this a go if it's on bandcamp

Are you gonna try get this featured?

Digging: Anubis - Hitchhiking to Byzantium

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man! I have Futures to thank for this rec. And I'm just commending them for having nearly
perfect production for their genre. Post rock kinda needs that and considering how they are completely
obscure, it was just impressive to me

Idk how to try and feature something :/

Futures
March 10th 2014



9654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review dude. I am starting to work on mine as well! This needs to be heard by more people.

Digging: Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2014



5418 Comments


Heard the band shared this review on their facebook, congrats dude!

"Idk how to try and feature something :/"

I'll put in a feature request on the forums. EDIT: Oh shit looks like you beat me too it lol.

Digging: Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

CaptainDooRight
March 10th 2014



28856 Comments


Heard two tracks. Maybe a 3 rating based on those

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea I saw thanks man!

Aw captain you can't do that with anything haha you gotta at Least try the whole thing before making any kind of judgement

CaptainDooRight
March 10th 2014



28856 Comments


No right. I'm not rating the album. Just based off those two tracks. Na mean

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What ones did you listen to?

CaptainDooRight
March 11th 2014



28856 Comments


New u were gonna ask that. Now I gotta look dem back up. Basically the first two results on YT ^-^

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha ok. The album gets better as you get towards the middle section.

CaptainDooRight
March 11th 2014



28856 Comments


Yeah I'm think bout jammin it all tomm. I actually got some Tool vibes believe it or not

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014



9857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? Maybe that's in the bass riffs or something like that.



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