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Most people assume that a band needs a lead singer – Sydney band Sleepmakeswaves puts paid to that idea pretty quickly on Love of Cartography, where the songs convey feelings, emotions and even ideas perfectly well without the human voice. Instead, the songs (perhaps best described as ‘melodic crescendos’) take listeners on a journey with dramatic build-ups, plateaus and descents achieved via melodic rock passages flecked with electronic textures.

The lead single Something Like Avalanches is a good representation of the album, while the cover image – a stylised aerial pic of Sydney at night – brilliantly evokes the hypnotic soundscape within. (PH)

**** /5