Pretend
Tapestry'd Life


4.5
superb

Review

by Rawmeeth38 USER (10 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 10/09/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beautiful and at times unpredictable

Pretend is a four-piece math rock band from California. Back in 2009 they released their debut project, “Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil.” Since then they kept jamming and have also signed to Top Shelf Records for their most recent release “Tapestry’d Life.” Pretend has developed somewhat of a cult following since their debut. Their style of math rock is very similar to that of American Football and toe. Combined with indie vocals and lyrics as well as elements of post rock, Pretend’s sound is at times a unique one.

Pretend does not depend on just a few indie and math rock influences. Listening to “Tapestry’d Life” you can tell they are pulling influences from a much larger bag. Most of the time, Pretend is unpredictable. They’re not your typical math rock/emo band singing about break ups and getting emotional every chance they get. Pretend can be loud and noisy at times, shifting from the twinkly and subtle guitars to big strums and intense feedback. As for their post rock side, the focus isn’t big, but the elements are there. There are build ups and crashes but they aren’t as in your face as other post rock bands. They always play with spot on execution and keep even focus on the different elements in their music.

It’s hard to pick out the highs and lows from the album because of how consistent it is. It is very easy to get lost in and holds your attention with its beautiful, noodling guitars. The drumming is superb from start to finish. There is barely any let up throughout. But one con is the length. Through the first few listens “Tapestry’d Life” does over extend its stay, but for me this wasn’t a bad thing. The musicianship and chemistry between these band members is very apparent until the bitter end that even when the album is starting to feel too long you don’t really mind.

Every track depends on the melodies the two lead guitars put together with their intertwined noodling. On the opener, “Wrapped in Fantasy” the album kicks off with an odd time signature coming from the vocalist and a stray guitar. After a minute or so, the bass rips through the track showing its presence is just as important as the guitars. The drums soon follow with their quick rhythmic grooves holding the song together. At the 3:25 mark our drummer begins to show off his skills with a quick little solo to prove his talent. After an opener as good as this, you quickly find that you are in for quite a listen.

“Tapestry’d Life” is a great sophomore showing from Pretend. It exceeds their debut in every way reaching out for deeper influences and furthering ways of diversifying their sound. For me, it took a few listens to sink in but once it did the payoff was a marveling sound that you can fully appreciate. Standouts include, “Patternless Tide” “Blessings” “Physical Fight” and “Doors.” With only two songs under the 7 minute mark Pretend puts their talents out on full display in their superb sophomore effort. Definitely a must listen of 2015.

4.3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
December 22nd 2015


898 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nice review, man. this album really shocked me, it's definitely one of my favs of the year

Rawmeeth38
December 22nd 2015


1226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same here. Pleasant surprise.

Captain3
December 22nd 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesomeness

indigonowhere
Emeritus
December 23rd 2015


10727 Comments


good review. i like this album a whole lot, especially the groovy bits buried in some of these tracks

and that drum part in the second half of the first song, the bit that's slowed down and triplet-based.... ahhhhhh my god

Rev
December 23rd 2015


9819 Comments


preteeeeeeeend~

Rawmeeth38
December 24th 2015


1226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Omaha thanks man. and yes so many great moments on this thing

solongatlast
December 13th 2016


324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is basically the pinnacle of the whole post-rock/emo combo and all its offshoots.

TheBarber
January 21st 2017


3742 Comments


Yeah, the only modern band I've heard do this kind of sound properly and with flavor. Reminds me of a more airy Duster in some parts too wich is always lovely

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listened to their newest release last night and it was gorgeous wow.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

opener is one of the most beautiful songs ive heard

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is way too good too. wish it was a biiiit shorter but almost a 4.5

Snake.
August 8th 2018


21064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn y’all are criminal for sleeping on this band

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ikr? wheres ur rating tho

Snake.
August 8th 2018


21064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is 80 minutes long give me a break

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2018


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

niceeeeee dude

Rawmeeth38
August 9th 2018


1226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn forgot ab this



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