Panorama, in ten pieces
Bird’s Robe Records/ Art As Carthasis
Release Date: 7 August 2015
Review by Rod Whitfield
The number of excellent instrumental and experimental acts that have arisen from the Australian scene in the last ten years or so is quite stunning, and these Sydney boys are right up there with the best of them.
If you are into relatively frivolous, throwaway pop and rock music, you’d better give this one a wide berth, it is not for you. If you are a more open-minded listener, strap yourself in, and ready yourself for a unique listening experience. Dumbsaint create weird, wild and wonderful instrumental post-rock soundscapes that take you on a sonic journey into unknown musical realms. Prepare your emotions for much rise and fall, as this band segue from sweeping cascades of sound that overwhelm the listener, to moments of gentle, wistful reflection, and everything in between. Often in the blink of an eye.
You will feel exhilarated and wrung out in equal measures by time the closing strains of Barren Temples fade away.
Some may find this type of music bewildering, others find it truly compelling. I fall into the latter category.