Sleepmakeswaves Melodic Audio Maps / by Randy Ortiz

Melodic rock can be a tricky devil for the most part, my personal listening opinion has usually ended up thinking it was too soft, too power ballad-y or “why don’t they have lyrics to this?” on what I’ve heard before. With the recent ear-love affair in listening to Russian Circles, I have a new appreciation for instrumental rock but I’m not quite on board… across the board. After giving the Sydney based group Sleepmakeswaves a listen I can say the previous sentiments I had on instrumental rock were put to rest but a few remain. There're great songs on this album like Perfect Detonator and Great Northern that don’t leave me hanging in anticipation for the audio punch to make contact but there’s the somber (it’s gonna get slow guitar) “braaaaaang” on Trace in Constellations that brought me down from the high. The Stars Are Stigmata was a track that I was able to easily escape away with and fully dig amongst a good deal of the other songs, it gave you a sense of adventure and discovery while a scene plays out in your head, it was great. The album has guitars that sing beautifully while soaring out of your speakers but it's best heard in the personal space of your headphones to fully enjoy the experience.

Don’t hesitate to let go because once you do, it’s a great ride that’ll have you laid out and Sleepmakeswaves ends it perfectly, yes… my time WILL come again. Listen to Something Like Avalanches below to get an idea on what they sound like, if interested in purchasing the album click over to their Bandcamp page.