Job : Stifling, heavy, noisy and very intense; words that describe Tangled Thoughts of Leaving best. The foursome from Perth, Australia plays an interconnected mix of post-rock and noisy fusion that’s heavily rooted in doom. Old-school influences from MONO and Godspeed You! Black Emperor find their way together with more modern hints of Alcest and A Forest of Stars. All of that is thrown into a doomy and melancholic pot of gold. What comes out is not something for the faint of heart, but therefore all the more worth it if you can stomach this kind of music.
The musicianship is intense in a way that’s hard to replicate, and manifests mostly on the parts where the doom takes over from post-rock crescendo. A song like ‘The Alarmist’ is a great example, where around the halfway mark, a pale, desolate landscape emerges from the whirlwind of drums with dark clouds on the horizon. Ominous melodies hint towards heavier lands, but the epic build instead fades into what can only be described as a droney doom song in ‘Cavern Ritual’. Oh, it’s something, alright? I can’t escape clichés in this case, but this album is a journey and not one easily taken. Emotional notes will get hit and will leave you longing for more all the while feeling sated and glad it’s over. I wholeheartedly advertise this record and hope you will give it a shot, if only to find out for yourself where the journey takes you.