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Tunnel Blanket

This Will Destroy YouAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suicide Squeeze
  • ASIN: B004SHHJQY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected departure 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great. July 24, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love TWDY September 1, 2011
By R. Cook
Format:Audio CD
To keep it short and simple, this album is a lot different than their previous releases. Contrary to what other reviews have said, you do not have to endure terrible stuff to enjoy it. I enjoy it for what it is, which isn't necessarily the normal post-rock instrumental that you're probably used to, but still good either way. Listen to it without expectations and you may enjoy it more than if you go into it expecting what you're used to.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWDY's Masterpiece May 31, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was on the fence with this album when I first heard it. Nothing really jumped out to me and I thought the album was forgettable. Fortunately I was able to see them live this past weekend and after seeing the new songs performed live, I now understand what the band was going for with this new LP. Give this album time to sink in, for when it does, it is extremely rewarding.

Favorite Tracks:
Communal Blood
Little Smoke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most heartfelt album I've ever heard February 12, 2013
By jakem
Format:Audio CD
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.

Black Dunes is my favorite song, especially at full volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paving Their own Road June 19, 2012
By Ty
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
It doesn't compare to their self titled album but it is great in it's own right. Love anything that TWDY does.
Published 2 months ago by Eric Toledo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal
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 19 months ago by PDP
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down for a huge fan
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Los Muertos Mariachi
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Nathan Hatton
4.0 out of 5 stars Give It a Chance
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 more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Jared Henderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply A Poor Album
TWDY's album "Tunnel Blanket" leaves behind melodic and aggressive songwriting from previous efforts for what sounds like, at times, as if they were tuning their instruments. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Christopher Silbernagel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
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 more
Published on May 28, 2012 by aral
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Release
I am completely new to this band, and I have not heard their previous albums. Therefore, I am reviewing this album on its own merits. And it is a great album. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Shared Gum
1.0 out of 5 stars What?
The other reviews urge you to power through it regardless of whether you're enjoying it. This should start raising red flags. This isn't medicine, it's music. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by M. Allen
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