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Tunnel Blanket

This Will Destroy You

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Album Review

This Will Destroy You's sophomore full-length finds the post-rockers moving glacial soundscapes to the foreground and doing away with overdriven amps to make a more subdued album. For a while there, it was as if bands in the post-rock scene were in a competition to see who could achieve the most epic, monolithic burst. It was only a matter of time before it would reach a limit. Only a few weeks earlier, fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky released Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, a record that found them scaling back and swelling slowly over the course of six tracks. TWDY downplay things even more, and go almost completely ambient on Tunnel Blanket. With its icy, synthesized arrangements, “Glass Realms” could be a Brian Eno track, and “Reprise” has more in common with Sigur Rós than Mogwai. This is the type of music found in dreams. The album takes shape very slowly, with each song subtly outdoing the last, and it isn’t until the halfway point that a drumbeat becomes tangible. Finally, in the second to last song, “Black Dunes,” there is a climax with reverberated cymbal crashes and fat bass tones, before the hypnotic strings of “Powdered Hand” bring everything down to a lovely lull. Good proof that tranquil moments are just as powerful as deafening ones.

Customer Reviews

Speechless

This album is truly something special. If you've grown tired of the post rock scene with most new albums sounding like explosions in the sky rip offs, this album is for you. this is great for many reasons. firstly, this is TWDY doing exactly what they want to do, and moving out the their shadow into a league of their own. secondly, there is barely a picked note on the album, yet its so feirce and rips your face off when it gets going. this is for the post rock fan who has an ear for the more intelligent post rock.

Andrea Lillo

A Masterpiece.

This record is the great result of when This will destroy you tries to NOT do conventional Post-Rock.

Best record of the last 2 years. Nothing to say. Almost perfect.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in San Marcos, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Texas post-rock band This Will Destroy You formed in 2005. Members Chris King (guitars), Jeremy Galindo (guitars), Raymond Brown (bass), and Andrew Miller (drums) came together under the notion of pursuing a purely instrumental project, and recorded their demo — which would end up being released as is — shortly after getting together. The EP, entitled Young Mountain, was critically well received, and the band inked a deal with Magic Bullet Records. Brown was out of the band by 2007, replaced...
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