Made of Breath Only - sleepmakeswaves
Album: Made of Breath Only
Genre: Instrumental Rock
Review by Nicole Roberts
Australian instrumental rock band, sleepmakeswaves, are back with a massive third full-length album, Made of Breath Only, to show exactly why they’ve earnt their devoted fan base and their reputation of instrumental rock greats. With the great success of 2014s Love of Cartography, earning both an ARIA nomination and a J Award nomination, it was always going to be a difficult feat for the Sydney quartet to not only create an album in which the quality was comparable, but also one that surpassed everything they’d previously done.
With Made of Breath Only, they’ve done the near impossible, making an album that contains such wildly different sounds and moods that each song has its own distinctive resonance, while still making a cohesive body of work. Whilst they’ve always been an incredibly progressive band, and each release has always shown just how versatile they are and how much pride they take in pushing their musical boundaries and exploring things other bands wouldn’t dare to, this latest releases takes things to a whole different level.
Starting strong with the serene, atmospheric ‘Our Days Were Polar’, with its otherworldly feel, the band manage to achieve an enormous song with minimal sound sources. Seamlessly diving into the much more guitar heavy track ‘Worlds Away’, sleepmakeswaves shows us the wide variety of experiences and moods we’re going to experience on this ride of a release.
With stand outs from the album including the single currently loved by triple j, ‘Tundra’, and ten-and-a-half-minute epic, ‘The Edge of Everything’, as well as slightly heavier track ‘Into the Arms of Ghosts’, the album is packed full of great songs. The best thing about the album is while it stands together phenomenally as a collection of music, every single track is strong and could easily have been the lead single from the release.
All in all, this album is brilliant and I really can’t find a fault with it. Not only is it musically a fantastic album, but with engineering and mixing from Nick DiDia (Rage Against The Machine, Karnivool, Pearl Jam), it's also of an incredibly high production standard as well. From the beginning to the end, there isn’t a weak spot or any moment or song where you think to yourself that it should’ve been left out. The quartet have really outdone themselves with this release, and if there’s one instrumental or rock album you pick up anytime soon, it should be this one.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Made of Breath Only will be released on Friday, March 24th through Birds Robe Records.
Pre-orders for the album are available now at sleepmakeswaves.com, on iTunes and at JB Hi-Fi, as well as all good music retailers.
sleepmakeswaves will be touring Australia on their headline tour starting March 24th, before embarking around Australia and New Zealand as supports for Devin Townsend Project in May. Scroll down for more tour date and ticketing information.
Listen to 'Tundra' below:
sleepmakeswaves Australian headline tour w/ Caligula's Horse & special guests
Fri March 24 – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW Sat March 25 – Max Watt’s, Melbourne VIC Thu March 30 – ANU Bar, Canberra ACT Fri March 31 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle Thu April 6 – The Gov, Adelaide SA Fri April 7 – Badlands, Perth WA Sat April 8 – Max Watt’s, Brisbane
Tickets available here
sleepmakeswaves Australia & New Zealand tour w/ Devin Townsend Project (CAN/USA) Thu May 18 – Powerstation, Auckland NZ Sat May 20 – The Triffid, Brisbane QLD Mon May 22 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW Wed May 24 – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC Fri May 26 – Capitol, Perth WA
Tickets available here