Absolutely breathtaking. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my first experience listening to …and so we destroyed everything, the purposely-lowercase titled debut LP from Australian post-rockers sleepmakeswaves (also purposely lowercase, and without spaces). I’ve never been much into post-rock in the past, but listening to this album has certainly changed my mind about the genre.
…and so we destroyed everything is a sprawling, musically diverse journey through a soundscape painted with sweeping electric guitar passages, epic buildups, lots of delay effects, and some surprises you might not expect, like a choir here and there. This album is certainly rooted in post-rock, but unlike many post-rock albums, it stays fresh and changes things up often instead of sticking to that same old formula of buildups, climaxes, and calm sections. It makes use of a lot of electronic effects and varied instruments to create something truly unique.
Out of all the parts of this album, though, the ones I like most are the climaxes. There are quite a few in the album, and sleepmakeswaves knows how to completely pack them with emotion and power. A great example can be found around the 3:30 mark of “a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun”, a point at which the band erupts in a fury of guitar and drums, creating a huge wall of sound.
My absolute favorite climax of the album can be found around the 4:30 mark of the epic 12-minute closer, “…And So We Destroyed Everything”. It really just has to be heard.
As it stands, …and so we destroyed everything is my favorite post-rock album. There are some that come close to the same level, but none that can actually match it in my book. sleepmakeswaves has created a masterpiece with this album, and you need to listen to it.