Sydney’s ambient, post-rockers, SLEEPMAKESWAVES, recently took their Traced In Constellations tour to Adelaide’s The Gov. Having missed them last time they were in Adelaide, I knew I could not miss out on seeing them again, especially with the momentum building around their music and their ARIA and J Award nominated album, Love Of Cartography. 2016 has seen SLEEPMAKESWAVES tour around North America and perform alongside legendary rockers, COG before they embarked on their current national headline tour.
Opening up the night was local up-and-comers, Stranger Things Have Happened, who are just about to celebrate the release of their EP next month. They were then followed by Perth's post-rockers, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving who delivered some ambient instrumentals to the captivated crowd. The balance between the heavy composition combined with the intricate, fragile keys created a stunning atmosphere that was a perfect opener for the evening.
Next up was American progressive rockers, The Contortionist, who have cemented themselves as one of the most hyped experimental rock acts and it was obvious that some audience members had come to solely see the group. The Contortionist opened up with some atmospheric tracks off their second album, Language and captivated the crowd with their clean, tranquil vocals until everything changed and the group launched into some heavy, powerful screaming that took the some of the audience by surprise. Despite that it seemed that some of the audience were a bit unopposed to the heavier, metal sound, the group presented a very well-rounded set, as they perfectly balanced the heavy moments with the more delicate moments to draw everyone in.
Finally, the time arrived for the headliners to come on, with Sleepmakeswaves bursting onto the stage and immediately thanking the crowd for coming out. Although the tour was celebrating their latest album, Love Of Cartography, the group presented a balanced mix of old and new tracks, as well as playing some songs they hadn't played in Adelaide for years. Despite that the layered instrumentals of Sleepmakeswaves’ sound is quite heavy in its composition, there is something delicate and inspiring about it. The way that they are able to draw you in without the need of a vocalist is truly incredible and the way they are able to transfer their passion and energy through their music is also exhilarating. The group played tracks such as, The Stars Are Stigmata and Emergent, with Great Northern proving to be an absolute crowd-pleaser. The group really tried to express their gratitude for everyone who came out to see them, and said that the best way to say thank you would be through playing their final song, Something Like Avalanches.
Image via Sleepmakeswaves' Facebook page