Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reviews:: Do Make Say Think Whole Story of Glory

Here's the thing. I'm not really that much of a post rock fan. In my humble, most of the bands that travel along the post rock path try to force a sense of urgency and importance on the songs that make it hard to really digest entire records. Not every moment in life is crucial, and trying to write songs that constantly surge forward with epic walls of sound is exhausting. After a few tracks I start wondering if everyone is screaming, what can I really hear?

That being said, I've always loved Do Make Say Think. Instead of constantly creating dense walls by adding brick after brick (or instruments in non-metaphorical terms), they tend to weave warming tapestries that bend and fold around you. They use subtleties and move at a speed that is more realistic and natural. Their songs are like a conversation; sure they might get heated and emotional, but every voice can be heard and appreciated. You can process every single note and you become engrossed in the songs, as opposed to being overwhelmed by them.

So what's new with DMST? Well, they just released a tour only, Japanese import EP called The Whole Story Of Glory. Basically, it's a bit of an odds and sods collection of classic, live and unreleased tracks to celebrate their first trip to Japan. The EP is a perfect introduction to Do Make Say Think if you consider they add some of their best songs - Frederica is probably my favorite DMST track ever. I think it's the way the plucked stand up bass line and jazzy drums force a smile on your face, but the song relies on the horns and distorted fuzz to slowly make the song dark and powerful - but also show how tight they are live.

The version of Universe! they recorded on CBC Radio 3 is ridiculous. Swells of horns and guitar are matched with great strings and terrific percussion. The track moves slowly, transitioning with gentle ebbs and flows but never fully releasing the reigns. Halfway in the repeating horn flourishes surge ahead, but just as quickly return the focus to the other elements. The two new songs are shorter, and the second (which may or may not be called Clash Tune or THofR Part Three) takes on an almost whimsical feel. The airy guitar is more folksy than post rock and the quick hitting track is a nice light break from the chaos the band uses so often. Sure the back half of the track is full of noise and effects, but it never deviates from that summery feel.

All in all, this little EP will win over the hearts of anyone lucky enough to get a hold of it.

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