sleepmakeswaves
It's Here, But I Have No Names For It


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zack Lorenzen CONTRIBUTOR (36 Reviews)
April 13th, 2024 | 34 replies


Release Date: 04/05/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I can think of one,

but that can wait. As noted on the Bandcamp page for Australian (post-?)rock trio sleepmakeswaves’ latest LP, not everything we see or experience needs to be assigned language. This mostly instrumental act ironically hadn’t been at a loss for words before now—bearing the ubiquitous, universal poetry held dear by so many of their peers, releases like In Today Already Walks Tomorrow or ...And So We Destroyed Everything harnessed grandiosity through tight-lipped taxonomy and powerful performance. Their titles were guides, not prescriptions, and more importantly, the band could strut even more extravagantly than they spoke. By the late aughts and early 2010's, in a scene where that brand of cosmic existentialism became as passé as the easier jokes leveled against the genre (“all they do is crescendo,” etc.—I know you’ve read forums), the run of the mill packaging shrouded much of this band’s stellar discography from wider appreciation.

It didn't help that their permutation on the post-rock formula—one that utilized upbeat tempos, blunt mixing, and electronic elements—diverged from the sprawling orchestral strain popularized by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros, seemingly intent on scrubbing the prefix from the term instead of the root. Their riffs riffed, their melodies stuck, you could dance, bob, or headbang to them, and at the heart of it all, their treble-heavy tremolo leads and flowing song structures still held paramount the art of the payoff. This amalgamation of tropes came to a momentary peak on the band’s 2014 record Love of Cartography, but from that point onward, they regressed into a more comfortable version of themselves, one that simply didn’t keep the bar raised high enough to revel in their modest reputation as outliers, musicians who could walk the line between post-rock’s out-of-body levitation and rock rock’s blood, sweat, and tears. 2017’s Made of Breath Only and 2020’s EP compilation These Are Not Your Dreams were simply less memorable, passive interpretations of an already tired phenomenon.

So how this came hurtling back to us, I’m not really sure. I do know that It’s Here, But I Have No Names For It is a return to form and then some. “All Hail Skull” and “Super Realm Park” represent a propulsive reunion of interplay and bombast, Tim Adderley pounding the absolute hell out of his kit while bassist Alex Wilson and guitarist Otto Wicks-Green flex around his marching rhythms. It’s punchy, it’s buzzy, it’s fuckin’ L O U D, and while there’s a sleek veneer to it, too, conveying the energy takes top priority. Unlike the similar techniques employed by say, And So I Watch You From Afar (rifferinos who don’t always pull off coherent songs) or Russian Circles (who chug so thunderously their drive can distort into drudgery), sleepmakeswaves reclaim the center of the Venn diagram where compositional fluidity and compact chemistry promise one hell of a rewarding listen.

The early rush is fleshed out with pockets of ambience and more prominent synth work (“Black Paradise,” “Verdigris”), straightforward, shuffling bangers (“Ritual Control,” “Terror Future”—love those vocals on the latter) and archetypal albeit fulfilling slow burners (t/t, “This Close Forever”), each arc within the record serving as a palatable portion on its own and a coalescent piece of the larger picture. Single moments—those cornerstones of post-rock clutched so dearly by acts who need to lead somewhere to justify suites of blank space and anticipation—aren’t really the focus here; they exist, and they’re veritably badass when they make themselves known, but sleepmakeswaves’ rejuvenated, jubilant synergy is the bigger draw, and there are only so many ways to convey that without just hearing it for yourself and letting it energize and enrapture you. It’s Here... is oh so splendidly here and on par with the band's best work, and since I needn’t be as modest as the guys who created it, I can think of one other title I’d gladly bestow upon it: 2024’s leading contribution to the post-rock canon.



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ashcrash9
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2024


3352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If post-rock discourse is an inevitable by-product of shilling this record, so be it. I've been having a blast with it. Hopefully some of y'all will feel the same.

onionbubs
April 13th 2024


21090 Comments


gotta jam. i remember digging love of cartography a lot

zaruyache
April 14th 2024


27418 Comments


very interested to hear this (eventually).

Slex
April 14th 2024


16610 Comments


Never listened to this band before but this sounds cool cheers

Pikazilla
April 14th 2024


29798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very excited to check

Pho3nix
April 14th 2024


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome, thanks for the rev. I had no idea about this - thought the band had called it quits a while back actually O_O

Pho3nix
April 14th 2024


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their EP 'In Today Already Walks Tomorrow' is still their best btw

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2024


10216 Comments


I do what

Beardog
April 14th 2024


5231 Comments


Yeah need to check this

Purpl3Spartan
April 14th 2024


8628 Comments


Good to hear that this is good

CugnoBrasso
April 14th 2024


2697 Comments


I saw these guys on their first European tour, they were opening for 65dos.

wildinferno2010
April 15th 2024


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love smw. Was not keen at all on their last release/s, so excited to hear this

dedex
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2024


12788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

great read, great album

kalkwiese
April 15th 2024


10444 Comments


Need to check this soon

KrillBoi
April 15th 2024


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lovely album and a return to form after the somewhat underwhelming material they've put out the past 10 years

Demon of the Fall
April 15th 2024


33917 Comments


"I saw these guys on their first European tour, they were opening for 65dos."

I used to be very much into 65dos. Now despite the fact my interest in that band peaked a long time ago, the vague comparisons have me intrigued if nothing else

I'm almost surprised I'd not heard these guys before, yet I suppose the timeline wouldn't have added up if their debut LP was as recent as 2011

KrillBoi
April 15th 2024


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Black Paradise is such a vibe

mrewest
April 16th 2024


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Paradise coulda been god-tier if it didn’t so frustratingly cut off right as it was about to peak. The strings are fantastic but felt like a kick to the nuts when it just fizzled out.



Album is v solid though & seems to get better with each listen. Super Realm Park rules.

wildinferno2010
April 16th 2024


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gave this a couple of listens, this is killer so far. Most I've enjoyed a smw album since Love of Cartography

Pho3nix
April 26th 2024


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very similar to their previous release, a solid 3.0 from me. Not a huge fan of the vocals to be honest.



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