Sleepmakeswaves
In Today Already Walks Tomorrow


3.5
great

Review

by StreetlightRock EMERITUS
November 19th, 2008 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rainbow wall of prettiness - like any piece of good art, it’ll capture you for that brief, but striking moment.

It’s hard to remember the last time I’ve been so thoroughly teased by any one band, ever.

Everything, of course seems to be in the right place. From the namewithnospaces to the astoundingly pretty cover art, and even the grand song titles that hint at the epicness within. It’s like the band are simply crying out to let you know that ‘we’re so pretttyyy!’ even before having to listen to the album. What you will get on In Today Walks Tomorrow is a rainbow wall of musical elements, with subtle hints of grandiosity, dashes of climactic ambient excursions and even a small measure of heavy riffage thrown in just for kicks. It’s not a wall that bristles with breathtaking originality, but like any piece of good art, it’ll capture you for that brief, but striking moment.

Interestingly, sleepmakeswaves are at their peak when they simply sit down, strap in and fire on all pistons, rather than wander about melodically like many of their peers. Opener “I Will Write Peace On Your Wings…” lets loose with a bombastic rock out before easing into a gentle crescendo, whose apex lies, among other things, among a flurry of double bass. “One Day You Will Teach Me…” simply soars too, with Tim Charles’ bright violin contribution channeling the essence of Yndi Halda’s uplifting spirit, taking the song an angel’s halo above the rest of the album. It’s almost possible to feel the rest of the band feeding of the energy of the song, playing their hearts out as if trying vigorously to give life to Charles’ delicate string arrangements.

And while it’s not altogether obvious, what makes sleepmakeswaves shoot beyond a simple patchwork band is the quartet’s absolute love for rhythm. While the percussion doesn’t always stand out among the spiraling guitars, the fact remains that it’s presence is always simply there, bouncing and crawling in and amongst twirling melodies – Sometimes providing the hinge from which some of the songs here swing themselves off, like the gentle pitter patter of beats on “It’s Dark, It’s Cold, It’s Winter” and at others sitting smack bang in the middle of the songwriting, driving the already sprawling “I Will Write Peace On Your Wings…”. The basswork here also sits prominently in front of the music – again, while this isn’t the place for complexity or technicality, its sharp, distinctive rumbling gives In Today a spice of rhythmic flavor that makes the record that much more delicious.

Which brings us to the biggest gripe here: the production – in sticking with the worn sound which tries to warmly blend in the different elements of the sleepmakeswaves to make that usual sweeping ‘all-encompassing’ sound that usually informs post-rock, a lot of the individuality of the instruments is simply lost, swept in amongst everything else, which is a shame considering the obvious talent of each of the band members. So too, it’s when the band simply sit back, relax and let many of the usual post-rock cliché’s sweep over them that the record lets itself down a tad. “Exits To Nowhere” and “What We Cannot Speak Of…” takes out from bands like Caspian, with their wide open scoundscapes sometimes losing themselves amongst their own grandiosity. That said, the sheer amount of tinkering and fidgeting that goes on as the band jumps effortlessly from one musical idea to another does cover up the occasional songwriting slip here and there.

In Today Walks Tomorrow lives up then, to all its pretty surroundings, placing it right in the middle of the post-rock’s already wide spectrum. With a vibrancy that’s delicate and heartwarming, it just might give all you’ll need from it without asking for too much.


3.4/5



Recent reviews by this author
Finch EpilogueThe Saddest Landscape You Will Not Survive
How to Dress Well Love RemainsLydia Assailants
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Dark Night of the SoulM.I.A. Maya
user ratings (203)
3.9
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
rasputin
November 19th 2008


14968 Comments


so much post rock, such little time

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


3957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, tell me about it. Sitting on this for a long time, had to get it out of my system. Bought this just before my exams so it's all I've been listening to while I've studying. Now I'm just playing Fallout 3 all day to make up for it.

Digging: Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - Unlocked

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


2126 Comments


It's so nice to see you reviewing all these good Australian bands man.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


3957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someones got to do it!

willfellmarsy
November 19th 2008


3848 Comments


I just got Fallout 3, but havent had time to play much...this sounds interesting and i think i have room in me for one more post-rock album this year...great review, this is on my to-do list

jrowa001
November 19th 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this ep is awesome

Knott-
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


10230 Comments


What's it like lyrically?

SnackaryBinx
November 19th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's post-rock, just assume no lyrics.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 19th 2008


2126 Comments


Oh yeah, good band.

P13
November 20th 2008


1327 Comments


it's post-rock, just assume no lyrics.

or that they are not in english.

deviantgirl
November 20th 2008


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey great review!! after checking out their myspace page it reminded me that i think i saw sleepmakeswaves open for Pelican in sydney's manning bar. great choice for the gig. heaps of potential here..i will be keeping an eye on these lads

Electric City
Emeritus
November 20th 2008


15762 Comments


it's post-rock, just assume no lyrics.


or that they are not in english.


or don't listen to either of these guys because they have no idea what the fuck they're talking about

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 20th 2008


3957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unless he's referring to Sigur Ros.

Vooligan
November 20th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love these guys.

"one day you will teach me..." rules

Bought this just before my exams so it's all I've been listening to while I've studying


same actually

Jim
January 6th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to It's Dark, It's Cold, It's Winter right now.

This is really cool.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 6th 2009


10230 Comments


I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiike this.

fireaboveicebelow
January 17th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stuck between a 3.5 and 4, I'm actually hoping it goes up

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 17th 2009


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is pretty good.

Vooligan
February 16th 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this more everytime i listen to it. Can't wait for their split with Tangled Thoughts.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 8th 2009


3957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a heads up, the smw/tt split is amazing ;)



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy