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Tangled Thoughts of Leaving — No Tether
(Bird's Robe BRR095, 2018, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-05-29

No Tether Cover art

From the far reaches of Western Australia comes this instrumental band with a distinctive take on heavy post-rock. The sound is dominated by a combination of guitars and keyboards in roughly equal prominence, and they are featured in settings ranging from distant and atmospheric to immediate and crashing. “Sublunar” provides a short introduction to the album, building slowly over the course of three minutes from silence to thunderous noise, never falling into a steady tempo. Then “The Alarmist” jumps in with a proggy math-rock sound with heavy synth bass and unison keyboard and guitar lines propelled by aggressive drums. Elements of noise creep in via squalling feedback at times, almost sounding like a person screaming. Various places in between the two extremes are touched upon in the other tracks, which range up to nearly 13 minutes in length. Like much quality music, No Tether demands a certain amount of attention and patience, as brief statements of simple melody are not part of the formula. Taking the time to let this music unfold at its own pace provides rewards, and repeated listens reveal more depth. It’s a journey worth taking, though the destination is shrouded in mist.


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