The release policy of the Australian band Sleepmakeswaves was a bit confusing recently, as both their first EP "In Today Already Walks Tomorrow" and their debut album "...And So We Destroyed Everything" were re-released. After a three-year break, "Love Of Cartography" is the band's most recent studio work, in which Nick DiDia (Karnivool, Pearl Jam) sat in the producer's chair and made sure that the relationship between bombast passages, electronica elements and gentle ambient trips was right. This tightrope walk was particularly successful with "Perfect Detonator", "How We Built The Ocean" and "Something Like Avalanches". Two ambient pieces ("Singularity", "A Little Spark") loosen up the album, but are probably only meant as a breather, because otherwise it really gets down to business here. But even when Sleepmakeswaves strike rougher notes, this is compensated by the underlying melodic weight. Moreover, the individual instruments are very easy to locate, which is why "Love Of Cartography" always sounds airy and transparent.
Top track: Perfect Detonator