Sound — 9
Sleepmakeswaves are an Australian instrumental post-rock band that in recent months have garnered a devoted following due to their intricate melodies and immersive live shows. Their 2008 EP, "In Today Already Walks Tomorrow" is a perfect representation of their sound, showing off their impressive ability to weave amazing sound scapes with washes of guitar chords and driving drum beats. From the Agalloch-esque ringing melodies and droning chords of "So That The Children Will Always Shout Her Name" to the soaring violin (provided by Ne Obliviscaris vocalist/violinist, Tim Charles) and upbeat driving force of "One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears", the band easily switches from the wall of sound to the minimalist piano and guitar, even within the same song. Special mention goes to bassist Alex, not only for his inventive (and thankfully prominent in the mix) bass lines, but for also his addition of keyboards to the mix, providing some extra depth to some songs.
Lyrics — 9
As this is an instrumental band, no lyrics or vocals are present, but this doesn't diminish from the band. Their music is strong enough to stand up on it's own, and in fact never feels like it needs vocals. Some people might find the lack of vocals disconcerting, but being a fan of bands such as Agalloch and Opeth, both of which have long instrumental sections, this didn't put me off.
Overall Impression — 9
The band's only other release is a demo, and as such this is a huge step up for the band. Their music has really progressed and matured since the demo and it shows perfectly on this release. "One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears" is an absolute gem of a track. Tim's violin adding an extra layer of beauty as the song weaves along for it's near 7 minute length. "It's Dark, It's Cold, It's Winter" shows off the other end of the spectrum perfectly, creating a brilliant juxtapose between the heavier elements and the minimalist sounds of the band. What this band does next will surely be of interest to anyone a fan of post-rock and metal.