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Tunnel Blanket

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Tunnel Blanket delivers the epic-in-scope soundscapes that followers of its makers' previous recordings are accustomed to, but presents them in new lights where once the sun shone down bright upon immediate tropes and traits, now their work is better suited to distant starlight, casting changeable shadows across vistas of inspired, ambitious amplification. This is not an album to pick through in search of bold hooks and instant melodies. It is an ever-shifting, always moving work, which seems to evolve before the listener.
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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suicide Squeeze
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Bentley on June 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you loved TWDY's epynonymous (2008) or "Young Mountain" (2006), as I did, then there's no guarantee that you'll like "Tunnel Blanket." Those prior albums remain among my favorite and most played post-rock music. I am still moved by the build-up and climax of "A Three-Legged Workhorse," "Threads," and "Quiet." Even the more subtle and mellow guitar licks of "They Move on Tracks of Never-E" moved me with progressive variation throughout the track.

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.
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You know this album isn't for everyone, what album is.

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.

Awesome album.
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I remember, years ago, when I first heard 'Your Hand in Mine' by Explosions in the Sky. I was moved, stunned, and had instantly fallen in love with a style of music that I had not heard of prior to my experience with that track. Since then, about five years later, post-rock has become the basis for a wide-array of my listening. Whether it be Slint, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yndi Halda, or Russian Circles, I've grown to love post-rock. However, as time has gone on, I've branched out in my listening, growing increasingly fond of neoclassical styles, avant-garde, ambient, and drone. I have started to notice that a large, and somewhat overwhelming, number of post-rock groups rely on the same soft-loud-really loud-soft song structure. It has been slowly getting old, to be honest.

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.
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