Pretend   Tapestry'd Life
Release Date: 10/2015

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4.5 superbRoundOnEndHiInMiddle | November 7th 15

I never would have guessed that one of the best albums from this year would be a post-rock one considering the staleness of the genre as it stands today. Still, Tapestry'd Life isn't exactly a typical post-rock album, is it? Rather than focus on build-ups and crescendos, Pretend is unpredictable, sometimes exploding in a fury, and other times being as subdued and quiet as they come. There is a distinct emphasis on vocals and drumming here that you don't often get with other post-rock records, and the bass is audible and incredibly fun to hear. The crown jewel of the record are the guitars, which are as mathy and complex, neither of them functioning as a rhythm guitar, but both working with each other with the utmost precision and beauty. Just take the opening minutes to "Paternless Tide" for instance. The album is so easy to get lost into, what with the dreamy guitar work and the incredibly jazzy drumming, and the lovely vocals that permeate the songs. It's definitely an album that requires many patient listens, but the payoff for such patience is amazing. At least for me, this is the post-rock album of the year.

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4.5 superbeliminatorjunior | March 15th 16

This album is one of the most mesmerizing things to come out of 2015. I casually play it as I'm about to fall asleep and let my mind ponder on about my life and future. It's a very mellow, nocturnal piece of art that will probably stay inside my fragmented mind for quite a while. With Tapestry'd Life, you get allured into an isolated dream with spastic releases of drums and guitar around every corner. It's instantenous when they hit, but it brings down to a lull only to creep along and pack a punch once more. It can bring me to slumber as well as to tears. The gut wrenching lyrics hit to the core and make me feel as if my life is nothing beyond this tapestry. It's one of the most beautiful things to come out of last year and I wait in eagerness of what Pretend will manage to pull off once again.


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