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Album Review: Our Brief Encounters by blanket

Post rock act blanket release their debut album Our Brief Encounters on 10th February. This is big sweeping, post-rock-influenced, ambient sounds inspired by the likes of Caspian, Sigur Ros, Circa Survive, This Will Destroy You, Nothing and Failure. Their whole aim is to create an audio-visual soundscape that will take both listeners and spectators on a journey of sensory discovery.

From the opening bars of ‘Acacia’ it’s obvious that this is going to be a real treat for the listener. All-encompassing and luxurious riffs lift the track into heady heights whilst piano led parts bring the track into an introspective and dark swell of emotion.

There’s a genuine fragile yet life affirming tone to ‘Tethered’ – everything comes together to create an atmosphere so brittle and expansive that you feel like it may collapse at any point. Half way through the writing of the album guitarists Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan house share caught fire and Pook’s valiant attempt at saving equipment nearly cost him the ability to ever play music or make films again, when he was left with severe 3rd degree burns to his hands. At his lowest point, a Kickstarter campaign to pay for replacement equipment funded by his girlfriend and friends, alongside the generosity of some of the companies whose ranges he used, restored his faith in humanity. It’s an event that went a long way to inspiring some of the music on Our Brief Encounters, and served as a wake-up call to both the beauty and fragility of life.

While the fragility of life is succinctly covered in ‘Tethered’, ‘Discoveries and Beginnings’ is the archetypical life affirming post rock track. Bulbous with raw emotion the guitars swell with a positivity and crescendo of ‘everything will be alright in the end’. It comes out as a deeply affecting track, sitting perfectly beside the expansive and stretched ‘Starlight Filled Our Minds’ which feels like Maybeshewill channelling God Is An Astronaut. Final track ‘To The Skies’ again has a smattering of Maybeshewill about it, but when executed with such aplomb you can’t find any fault in it.

Welcome to your new favourite band.

AD Rating 8/10

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