Today I finally got this in my mail. I placed my pre-order a month ago I believe, or even longer and now I hold it in my hands – This Will Destroy You’s new masterpiece Tunnel Blanket.
TWDY clearly changed their sound to a more atmospheric, ambient, slower and drone-ier version of what they had played before. A lot of people don’t like this new direction at all. And I admit that at first, especially when I heard the songs on the Moving On The Edges of Things picture disc, I was a bit desperate to find the typical TWDY sound. The sound that on the previous releases made them outstanding from the rest of the post-rock scene. The sound that both expresses happiness and sadness althogether.
But then I got to see them live in Octoboer 2010 and they played new songs, including Communal Blood, Little Smoke and Black Dunes I believe. As soon as I heard these songs live I knew that Tunnel Blanket would be a blast, too. It took me more time to get into the new sound but by now I appreciate this change of direction within the instrumental sound.
When I first heard Tunnel Blanket in its entire, I couldn’t believe what I heard. And I’m not saying this in a negative context. I often get really excited at first but this time it was different. This time I had been waiting almost a year for this record. And then it comes down to this first hour when you hear the record for the very first time. I was afraid it might let me down but it did not. Of course, at first Tunnel Blanket might sound boring and dull, but after a few more spins I got into it more and more and now I’m almost willing to say this is the best release in 2011.
Let’s have a look at what I found in the packet today. Suicide Squeeze released Tunnel Blanket. The record comes in a gatefold sleeve and has a very simple and nice artwork.
The record was pressed on two 180 grams black vinyl and this press is limited to 1,000 copies:
And then, because I was one of the first 200 persons to pre-order Tunnel Blanket, I got a bunch of free bonus stuff.
I am quite happy. This record and this band especially means so much to me. I cannot wait to catch them live again in July. And now I’m waiting for my Explosions in the Sky preorder, which should arrive this week.