Arms of Tripoli

2014-02-28 14:45:11 UTC
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Arms of Tripoli: Based out of Los Angeles, CA and originally formed in July of 2011, Arms of Tripoli continues to be an ever-evolving and uniquely independent instrumental band. After parting ways with longtime friend Brian Vasallo (Signal Hill) in late 2012, the remaining core, consisting of Michael Bouvet, Robert Bauwens and Jaime Galvez, welcomed the arrival of George Tseng on drums and recent Buffalo, NY transplant, Vic Lazar. George had worked mixing and mastering on the previous EP release "All the Fallen Embers" and was formerly a bandmate with Michael in "The Half Mantis Group." The addition of his full time drumming in Arms of Tripoli was a logical step for the band. Vic having recently moved to the Los Angeles area, auditioned for the group in December of 2012 and they all instantly developed a camaraderie. The quintet immediately found natural chemistry and started working on new material that would eventually become "Dream in Tongues," the highly anticipated AOT full length follow up album.

Since its humble beginnings, AOT has pioneered the art of instrumental rock, utilizing a non-conventional format to creating innovative and timeless sounding indie rock music. Not easily pigeonholed, Arms of Tripoli has often been dubbed post-rock and math-rock, due to their progressive tendencies and dynamic and layered sound. Using some standard rock fare such as guitar, bass and drums along with the addition of less-typical rock instrumentation, such as Vibraphone, Rhodes and Omni-chord, AOT has been able to stand out amongst the sea of post-rock and carve out a niche all its own. At the heart of their sound is well written songs with very catchy melodies, at times melancholy and often cinematic while being free of over indulgence.

Following the 2012 line up revision, Arms of Tripoli has played regularly in the greater Los Angeles area, having garnered opening slots for the likes of Maserati, Felix Martin, Glaciers, Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, and A Minor Forest and earning the respect of the LA indie and post-rock community. Set to release its first official full-length album entitled "Dream in tongues" on Fluttery in 2014, Arms of Tripoli also has goals to take to the road, hoping to extend its reach regionally. The newer direction of AOT's sound reflects a maturity and a willingness to experiment and push their sonic envelope into new and exciting territories.


Michael Bouvet, George Tseng, Jaime Galvez, Vic Lazar, and Robert Bauwens

Formed: July 2011 | Residence: Los Angeles, CA


Arms of Tripoli first full length album is nothing short of a spectacular sonic masterpiece, characterized by layer upon layer of dream guitars, spread out like a deep field panoramic picture from the Hubble telescope. With this album, the band pushes the boundaries of not only the margins they set for themselves with their debut EP (All the Fallen Embers), but of the instrumental music genres in which they are often classified as well. Again the band collaborated with fellow musicians who lent their own interpretation and vision of the songs to the recording, helping to further shape and structure the overall album.

Dream in Tongues is a unique representation of the evolution of the band in both its musical style and composition techniques. The individual musical idiosyncrasies of each member, along with the additional musical collaborators, all mesh thoroughly into a refreshingly modern approach to the post-rock genre, resulting in an aural delight that is sure to enchant and captivate!

credits released 21 February 2014 Recorded at Neuform Studio, Los Angeles 2013 Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by George Tseng | Produced by Arms of Tripoli


[ Dream In Tongues ].

Just like how the album gets straight to it, we’ll also tag along without beating around the bush. The one thing I like the most about this new title is the band competency in song writing that are undeniably cheerful with a dash of humbleness, which gives them just the right sort of kick.

[ Dream In Tongues ] open’s with “Miniature Habitats” which is an upbeat tune with a sweet sweet sweet melody, but there's also a touch of head nodding melancholy lurking in the background which lead you to instantly believe that these guys have some of the best instrumentation abilities. Followed by “Velcro Thunder Fuck”, this piece takes the album even further characterizing itself with a light wall-of-sound style but with an integration of rhythmic guitars and distorted waves. By the time you reach “Scraping Skies” and “Escalator Jazz” Arms Of Tripoli had already drifted away from a shoegazing roots and turned to a more harmonious sounding, however, there’s still a strong emphasis on their rhythmic guitars and fuzzy / sleepy style, so perhaps it was just an attempt not to have a monotone listen which turns out exceptionally great.

“10th Graders Forever” would have worked great as an ordinary low-end math-rock song with a decent melody, but instead of the usual instrumental piece the band orchestrated it with the subtle guitar fuzz at the beginning and then progressively expanded on the texture with a whole barrel of modeling guitars riffing. As a result, they’ve created a gifted and a rich original, absorbing texture which is simply ecstatic.

Then come’s “Canna” which is a sparkly piece with dense instrumental post-rock waltz and instrumentation that shines so much that the sounds almost feels like it's made out of crystal. This is one solid album guys, solid in terms of the texture variety it has to offer and the dreamy / fuzzy atmosphere it brings to the table. “Snowed In” on the other hand is where the band literally stamps their distorted signature on this cover. If not “Miniature Habitats”, “Snowed In” is most likely one of the most memorable song here, characterized by its rather heavy, tribal-esque drumbeat that runs crazy throughout.

“Addendum” is where you realize that all along you’ve been listening to a different kind of instrumental shoegaze sound. I know shoegaze are usually characterized by wall-of-sound, fuzzy atmospheres and dreamy vocals, but seriously… if I were to compare this album to one of the most notable band of the 80’s and 90’s I’d say [Moose] straight away. “Ahs a Vahs a Vae” is so well-produced, and so tuneful that they're like drifting stars from the sky. Don't believe me? Take a listen to the entire album for yourself. There’s so much of creativity on this album that I am speechless.

Summing up… If I were to select three favorite tracks on this new set, truth be told it will be the most intense dilemma as ALL movements on this album is totally outstanding, but if one were to stick a gun onto my head and say pick your favorite three tracks or die I’d quickly say “Snowed In”, “Miniature Habitats” and “Canna”. Again the ENTIRE album speaks for itself, but those three tracks are without doubt top-notch pieces. [ One Of 2014 TOP ALBUM SO FAR ].

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Arms Of Tripoli - Dreams In Tongues Artist - Arms Of Tripoli Album - Dream In Tongues [ 10 Out Of 10 ] Release Date - 2014 Genre - Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock [ ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE / POST OF THE DAY ] Tracklist 1. Miniature Habitats 06:37 2. Velcro Thunder Fuck 03:07 3. Scraping Skies 04:34 4. Escalator Jazz 05:19 5. 10th Graders Forever 05:20 6. Canna 05:53 7. Snowed In 04:02 8. Addendum 05:19 9. Ahs a Vahs a Vae 07:37 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arms Of Tripoli - Dream In Tongues -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Arms Of Tripoli Album - All The Fallen Embers [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2013 Genre - Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock [ EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE ] Track List / Full Previews: 1 - Vikings in the Attic 2 - City Speak 3 - Sectioned by Brooks 4 - Waking Eyes 5 - Cliff Dwellings 6 - Radio Silence -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arms of Tripoli - All The Fallen Embers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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