Small Leaks Sink Ships hits all the right notes with “Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals”. Cryptically titled the songs are wrought with genuine adoration for the world. Together the pieces come to form a story that grows ever larger with the additional chapters. Running the gamut from chamber pop a la Grizzly Bear to the colorful visions of Post-Rock Small Leaks Sink Ships has an impressive range. In particular the Post-Rock affections become quite prominent towards the latter half of the album.
Lo-fi with its origins Small Leaks Sink Ships give a nod to their namesake with the sound of water introducing the album on “Power Outage”. With great passion blasts the high energy of “Midnight Jin”. Relaxed, country-tinged guitars twang peacefully in the exuberant rush of “Yellow Bird”. Elegant, unstable, and off-kilter “Snowball Attack Fight Formation” serves as the heart of the album, binding the more traditional first half of the album with the more sprawling, cinematic textures of the final stretch. Gentle natured in tone is the playful work of “Building Blocks”. Channeling the sorely missed work of Rachel’s is the album highlight “The Devil is in the Desert”. Bringing the album to an impressive close is “The Mind is its Own Place” whose fragile textures come together to create a tapestry of sound with the quiet and loud coming together as one.
“Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals” is as much of an album as it is a journey into the innermost spaces of the psyche.
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