Roundtable Review: Arms of Tripoli – Dream in Tongues

Arms of Tripoli coverLabel: Fluttery Records

Release Date: 21 February 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Post Rock / Math Rock

Studio Albums: All the Fallen Embers (EP)

Location: Los Angeles, USA

WarpRider – I can seriously find myself in a meditative state when I listen to instrumental music. Arms of Tripoli certainly fits that bill, but after about halfway through the album I found it to be more on the repetitive side. They are certainly talented and can create majestic harmonies, but in the end I lost interest. 2.5

Atleastimhousebroken – This was certainly an enjoyable experience. AoT seems to have a knack for crafting some really hypnotizing soundscapes that painted stunning pictures of spring time landscapes in my mind. While listening I had this nostalgic feeling that brought me back to memories of my youth spent gazing out into the ocean or hiking along the Appalachian Trail. The only downside that irked me about this record is kind of a double edged sword; the repetitive nature of some of the soundscapes helped lull me into a trance but they were also a tad too repetitive. It’s not problematic and when AoT hits the height of their majestic compositions it’s an irk that is easily overlooked. I recommend this record to those that need some Spring/Summery zone out music in their lives.  4.0

Irmelinis – In some ways this is a typical post-rock album, made up by layers of guitar fuzz in different compositions, a bit melancholy with an underlying sadness. Arms of Tripoli includes small hints of indie rock, progressive influences and timidly cheerful, cinematic arrangements in their music. The result is a collection of timeless and dynamic songs. While not overwhelmingly refreshing, it’s interesting enough to make me want to buy it. 3.0

ChristopherMammal – Post rock is understandably more ambient than post metal and lacks the same bite, but that’s not why you’d choose to play it. The charm of post rock is the way it lays down deep, soft cushions of gentler sound, dispensing with the riffs and aggressive solos (and usually the vocals) of rock and metal in general. If you enjoy bands like Explosions in the Sky and Crippled Black Phoenix, then Arms of Tripoli is well worth adding to your collection. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.4 out of 5


About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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