“Dream in Tongues” Arms of Tripoli’s debut album is about as emotional as post-rock gets. This is the highest kind of praise. From their humble beginnings of “all the fallen embers” they have moved forward closer to the listener. Rather than serve as yet another distant band jamming from a safe distance their music is quite intimate. Pieces on “Dream in Tongues” manage to create a true feeling of warmth. How this is done without any vocals whatsoever is pretty incredible. At times “Dream in Tongues” displays the sunniness of Arms of Tripoli’s hometown of San Diego.
“Miniature Habitats” opens up shinning with optimism. They allow it to build up extremely slowly letting every piece fall into place. By the time the song gets swinging (because honestly they do owe a lot to jazz) it becomes a great big celebratory event. Following this is one of the album’s highlights the unusually titled “Velcro Thunder Fuck” which veers nicely from pure cheer to uncertainty. One of their most passionate songs is “Canna”. Starting off rather quickly it moves quickly. Eventually the thing resembles less a song and more a force unable to stop. Rhythmically a juggernaut it plays with multiple styles allowing nothing to get too comfortable.
Towards the end Arms of Tripoli get much louder. “Addendum” displays this nicely with soaring guitars and an overall sense of purpose. Finishing things off on a relatively epic note is the beast of “Ahs a Vahs a Vae” which neatly summarizes all that preceded it. “Dream in Tongues” is a strong debut album for a strong band.