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None of these elements that I came to love are present in "Tunnel Blanket." TWDY has clearly taken Tunnel Blanket in a new direction toward the ambient / drone genres. Unlike prior albums, the tracks on "Tunnel Blanket" generally don't have a distinguishable melody. No repeating and varying guitar lines. Instead, TWDY provides an array of tones and sounds that echo and resonate for minutes on end, with the occasional crashing cymbals
As drone music goes, this is pretty well done. I appreciate that the band has every right to make whatever music they want. I also appreciate growth, progress, and experimentation for their own sakes, and I truly hope that many people come to love this album. Unfortunately for me, it just isn't in any of my preferred genres.
If you're a fan of Brian Eno-inspired bands such as Boards of Canada, Stars of the Lid, Hammock, Mono, etc., then this album should be mandatory listening.
If you're more into Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, Maybeshewill, Sigur Ros, and Russian Circles, then this album might not speak to you.
I imagine that the new material might integrate well with the old material in a live performance. TWDY is still a great band, and I'd love to see what they do next. Cheers.
But I love listening to this album completely all the way through. Going from Little Smoke to Powdered Hands is time well spent each time I do it. It's great, it's soundscape, it's NOT like S/T or Quiet but so what?
Each song is different but all comes together very well and I love playing games or just driving down the highway listening to it. If that isn't what music does for you then I don't know what else to tell you.
1) Little Smoke - A slow intro but very good and that keyboard part is haunting. I hum it to myself without realizing it sometimes
2) Glass Realms - COMPLETELY soundscape. They just let the feedback carry the song
3) Communal Blood - The most similar to Quiet's tracks it moves a lot and centers on the guitar.
4) Reprise - Goes back to the haunting sounds of Little Smoke. They're very similar but it's extremely welcome
5) Killed the Lord - VERY different from TWDY but it also has a lot of inertia to it so it's not just soundscape. I think "movie wrap up song" when I hear it
6) Osario - Effectively an intro to Black Dunes, very short
7) Black Dunes - Take the soundscape of Little Smoke and give it some classic TWDY love and you get Black Dunes. This is one of the best tracks of Tunnel Blanket and it reminds me a lot of "There Are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease"
8) Powdered Hands - My favorite track, it really makes the "tunnel blanket" of the album come alive with a lecture playing within the soundscape with descriptions of what near death experiences are (inferring the "tunnels of light" that are indicative of the title "tunnel blanket") it's right about here where you realize just how much it was worth listening to the album all the way through.
Then there is This Will Destroy You. They started off with their lovely 'Young Mountain'. An album whose concepts were generally synonymous with those of Explosion in the Sky. Despite this, stylistically, it was an uplifting little album, filled with subtle electronic influences and the occasional ambient section. These small things garnered the effort some notable originality. However, had This Will Destroy You continued down the post-rock path, they may very well have hit the creative roadblock that so many post-rock bands seem to be hitting- they may have remained in a rut.
So, they wrote 'Tunnel Blanket'. This album will come as a surprise to many followers of This Will Destroy You, as it will most likely deter casual post-rock listeners. It is full of sweeping noises, swells, and meandering instrumental sections reminiscent of many ambient acts, such as Rachel's, Stars of the Lid, and Deaf Center. This is no longer post-rock, my friends.Read more ›
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This album pushes the boundaries of the genre. Undoubtedly their best work.Published 13 months ago by Alejandro DBrot
It doesn't compare to their self titled album but it is great in it's own right. Love anything that TWDY does.Published 20 months ago by Eric Toledo
I would attest that this is one of the greatest post-rock albums that's been released to date. It's absolutely face-melting, poignant, sincerely heart-felt, and beautiful.Published on March 25, 2013 by PDP
I've listened to this album more times than I can count. It's definitely not for everyone, because it is extremely deep and has a story without words. Give it a chance though. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by jakem
I have to say that for a very adamant fan that I was very let down by this release. I've tried giving it a couple of chances and hoping that the next listen will yield a better... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Los Muertos Mariachi
That word, along with a shrug of my shoulders, was my reaction to finishing this album. It is necessary to note that I am a very big fan of many experimental music involving... Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Nathan Hatton
It's like listening to a beautiful horror film. There's a track, Powdered Hand, I think, where there is a vocal or rather a voice which sounds like a bit from a... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Jared Henderson
I found the sound of this compositions very interesting. At moments it feels like experimental music with white noise as background or with sounds that you try to identify and... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by aral