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June 5, 2015
WinterHymnCountryHymnSecretHymn

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Tracklist

1. Frederica
2. War On Want
3. Auberge Le Mouton Noir
4. Outer Inner Secret
5. 107 Reasons Why
6. Ontario Plates
7. Horns Of A Rabbit
8. It’s Gonna Rain
9. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Do Make Say Think fashioned a fourth full-length album of tremendous beauty and depth, more loosely woven than previous records and played with a dark, wistful restraint throughout. These songs are eerie and iridescent, composed and captured with mesmerising attention to detail, guided by the band’s most intricate and intimate guitar passages to date, full of delicate transitions and soulful punctuations. Many of the songs feature a newfound non-linearity in compositional structure that once again raised the DMST bar, imbuing instrumental rock with heartrending — yes, even hymnal — narrative ideas.

More than any previous effort by the band, this is an album that demands to be listened to as a whole, or at least in the triptychs defined by the three-sided vinyl edition. Recorded in three sessions over the winter and spring of 2003, most of the tracks went to tape at two rural locations. The resulting campfire vibe on much of this material is reminiscent of the band’s second record, Goodbye Enemy Airship…, but with more density and complexity throughout. Mixed by the group at th’Schvitz, their Toronto home studio, the album highlights DMST’s inventive production touches, always at the service of the musical ideas.

Release date: 6 October 2003
Running time: 52:02

 

Credits

PERSONNEL
Ohad Benchetrit: guitar, horns, keys
Dave Mitchell: drums
James Payment: drums
Justin Small: guitar, keys
Charles Spearin: guitar, bass, horns, keys

GUESTS
Brian Cram: horns
Mr. Jay Baird: horns

Recorded by Do Make Say Think. TRACKS 1, 4, 6, 7 recorded at the Rockwood 2 Farmhouse, Rockwood ON, January 2003. TRACKS 2, 5, 8, 9 recorded at th’ Schvitz, Toronto, spring 2003. TRACK 3 recorded at The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, March 2003. Mixed and mastered at th’ Schvitz by Do Make Say Think.

June 5, 2015

&Yet&Yet

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Tracklist

1. Classic Noodlanding
2. End Of Music
3. White Light Of
4. Chinatown
5. Reitschule Soul And Onward
6. Anything For Now

The third full-length by Do Make Say Think marked another quantum leap by this Toronto-based instrumental rock band. Their space- and drone-rock foundations continued to serve as the launching pad for experimentation with jazz-inflected motifs, but with this album, the group’s pop sensibility was also on fine display. Melodic themes laid out by guitars and horns wind along a burbling brook of fat analog synths and phased percussion, tiny subtle details are worked into the mix on every track, and the whole record just pulses with warmth and soul.

Once again recorded by band members and mixing wizards Charles and Ohad, the stacks of tube gear combined with digital editing yielded a thick, intricate sound overall — highly detailed yet still somehow wrapped in a translucent gauze. Most of the tracking was done at guitarist Justin’s apartment, then brought to the studio. Unlike the band’s previous effort, Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead, which resonated with the rural atmosphere of its barnyard recording location, the new album is much more up-front-sounding. The arrangements pump with bottom-end and the interweaving melodic elements are beautifully shaped and placed. While the album conjures diverse emotions, there is something consistently ebullient and effervescent about each of the songs. Aesthetically and technically, & Yet & Yet was DMST’s strongest and most evocative work to that point.

Release date: 18 March 2002 (Europe), 25 March 2002 (rest of world)
Running time: 58:51

Credits

PERSONNEL
Ohad Benchetrit: guitar, horns, keys
Dave Mitchell: drums
James Payment: drums
Justin Small: guitar, keys
Charles Spearin: guitar, bass, horns, keys

GUESTS
Brian Cram: horns
Tamara Williamson: voice

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Justin’s place on Queen Street and at Manta DSP in Toronto by Ohad and Charles.

June 4, 2015

You,YoureHistory

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Tracklist

1. Bound To Be That Way
2. A With Living
3. The Universe!
4. A Tender History In Rust
5. Herstory Of Glory
6. You, You’re Awesome
7. Executioner Blues
8. In Mind

Since their debut record in 1998, Do Make Say Think have made one critically-acclaimed album after another. They are one of the most consistently inventive instrumental rock bands of the past decade, and one of the most self-realised: DMST members themselves have recorded, mixed and mastered all the band’s work, developing a highly original and finely detailed approach to audio production. You, You’re A History In Rust is the fifth record by Do Make Say Think and a brilliant extension of the band’s unique sonic narrative.

In many ways the new album picks up where Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn left off – acoustic fingerpicked guitars are the recurring compositional anchor, with drums and percussion fluttering around these campfire themes while horns and electric guitars gather in swarms. The songs on You, You’re A History In Rust develop like moths drawn to a flame, instruments tracing erratic circles around a flickering, elusive centre. This organic non-linearity will be familiar to fans of the band, as DMST honed this kind of overlapping, multi-thematic ebb and flow over the last couple of records. And as these fans know, DMST’s approach to musical deconstruction is never academic, forced, or played merely for effect; it is always a matter of weaving the captured elements together with the mixing desk played like a master instrument. As with previous releases, DMST set up in remote locations for the main recording sessions, tracking these new songs at a cottage and barn in rural Ontario, Canada and returning to their Toronto homebase at th’Schvitz studio for overdubs and mixing by production wizards Charles, Ohad and Justin.

Album opener “Bound To Be That Way” puts all these elements on fine display: recorded rhythmic and melodic figures fade in and out along with found and recovered sounds, lead instruments slide and shift in the mix, and the band’s dual drummers deploy separate channels of syncopated stutter. “A With Living” will surprise hardcore DMST followers, as it features full-on verse-chorus-verse singing that builds towards lovely massed vocals before breaking down again into a beautiful modal horn denouement. “The Universe!” and “Herstory Of Glory” serve as tight, snappy firecrackers set off within the rest of the album’s pensive, dusky atmosphere.

Release date: 12 February 2007 (Europe), 26 February 2007 (rest of world)
Running time: 48:25

Credits

PERSONNEL
Ohad Benchetrit: guitar, horns, keys
Dave Mitchell: drums
James Payment: drums
Justin Small: guitar, keys
Charles Spearin: guitar, bass, horns, keys

GUESTS
Brian Cram: horns
Mr. Jay Baird: horns
Julie Penner: violin
Jason Tait: vibes
Deekus: marimba
Alex Lukashevsky: voice
Tony Dekker: voice
Jimmy Anderson: singin’ saw
Liyat Benchetrit: piano
Akron/Family (Seth, Ryan, Dana, Miles): voice + the abstract truth

Recorded by Do Make Say Think. TRACKS 2, 3, 4 recorded at the Mitchell family cottage in Parry Sound ON, April 2005. TRACKS 1, 5, 7 recorded at the Howard family barn in Delta ON, September 2005. TRACK 6 recorded at th’ Schvitz in Toronto ON, May 2006. TRACK 8 recorded to minidisk at Room 8 (rehearsal space), March 2006. Mixed and mastered at th’ Schvitz by Ohad, Justin and Charles.

June 4, 2015

Other Truths - Buy

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Tracklist

1. Do
2. Make
3. Say
4. Think

The sixth full-length from Do Make Say Think features four long-form tracks, three of which clock in at over 10 minutes, and all of which trace the inimitable musical arcs that have made this band justly celebrated for their unique sonic palette and vibrant distillation of compositional forms and influences into some of the past decade’s most consistently rich and rewarding instrumental rock.

DMST admirably stick to their roots and allow the vines that spring from their fertile musical garden to wind, curl and climb for as long as required. More than ever, the players keep their heads down, creating wonderful multi-movement instrumental works (with the occasional mantric or wordless vocal passage, courtesy guest singers The Akron Family and Lullabye Arkestra), overflowing with attention to tone and timbre, animated by unfussy yet ornate harmony, melody and polyrhythm, shot through with ineffable soul. The four songs on Other Truths are vintage Do Make Say Think, and the album represents the first time since the band’s debut (recorded over a dozen years ago) that they have found themselves with an entire collection of songs that unfold so organically over long duration.

Ultimately it is tricky to distill what has made DMST so compelling to so many critics and fans over their 13-year history, but inarguably something beyond the sum of its parts has always sparkled through their music, an amalgam of many elements that seem present all at once, on every song and through every album: cerebral, emotional, atmospheric, visceral, cosmic, pastoral, synthetic, organic, meditative, ecstatic. Other Truths rallies them all once again, in new and dynamic ways, bearing the distinct imprint of the band’s sound – a brilliant addition to the band’s canon.

Release date: 19 October 2009 (Europe), 20 October 2009 (rest of world)
Running time: 43:44

 

Credits

PERSONNEL
Ohad Benchetrit
David Mitchell
James Payment
Justin Small
Charles Spearin

WITH
Julie Penner: violin

GUESTS
Michael Barth: trumpet
Leon Kingstone: Saxophone

Recorded at Giant Studios and Th’Schvitz, mixed at Th’Schvitz, by Ohad Benchetrit with Justin Small and Charles Spearin, Toronto, 2009. Mastered at Lacquer Channel by Phil Demetro.