Do Make Say Think
& Yet & Yet


4.0
excellent

Review

by thebhoy EMERITUS
August 13th, 2009 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Post-rock-dub-electronic-ambient-with-jazzy-drumming. You can pin any sort of genre label on Toronto’s Do Make Say Think and it will inevitably slip off. More simply, the band make music that fill empty spaces; patching the cracks in the listeners mind. I came upon this realization during my bike ride home from work. I was already tired from the early start and the eight and a half hours of standing at a cash register trying to not fall asleep from boredom. As the end of my shift rolled around the ride home seemed daunting. In particular, a rather long, steady and unavoidable hill sat between me and home-sweet-home. Just as I started my long approach towards the incline “End of Music”, the second track of Do Make Say Think’s & Yet & Yet, grooved steadily into my headphones. The shoegazing first half made the trek towards the hill seem to crawl in slow motion. However, just as I reached the bottom of the hill the music changed and the up-tempo post-rock crescendo of the songs latter half took over my headphones. I rose up the hill in time with the music, reaching the top just as the music reached its climax and spilled into the slow groove of the finale. This is what & Yet & Yet is best at, being the soundtrack to whatever your life produces.

The music on the album is never difficult, but almost always interesting. Hints of melody bubble out of extended grooves and jams, like the horns that slither out of the funky drum and bass figures on “White Light Of”. This sort of mix creates a wonderful flow for the album, as it explores different moods while remaining cohesive. At times it can be subdued and contemplative, such as the ethereal electronics of the beautiful “Chinatown” (which is surely one of the best tunes to drive around at night to). At other instances it is kinetic, as with the album opener “Classic Noodlanding”. Combining these two different elements in the centerpiece “Reitschule” creates a grand sense of catharsis. As the song winds up into a fury of distorted guitars, it suddenly drops out into a pulsing bass groove that gets filled in with arpeggio guitar lines, with horns and a violin creating sonic texture. The piece presents perhaps the most well thought out composition from the band to this point. It doesn’t simply settle for creating a mood, it proceeds to manipulate it, turning textures over and shifting dynamics.

If more songs weren’t as content with simply living in a space, then this might be an even better album. “Reitschule” can leave the listener wanting more from the rest of the album, even though that may be the completely wrong instinct to hold when digesting an album like this. After all, this is an enveloping album, one that takes over the listeners mind and becomes what one wants it to be. In this light, & Yet & Yet is an almost flawless album. While at times perhaps lacking a little too much direction, the loose jams flood voids and enhance emotions. It does this with the little details more then anything. Like with the pretty, wordless vocals on “Soul and Onward”. These little textures and melodic breaks from the grooves amplify the beauty and pure joy that is held within the record.

More than anything, & Yet & Yet see Do Make Say Think maturing and evolving. While Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord is Dead had a tighter structure, this album seems to refine the spacey self-titled debut. Whereas that debut crawled along and could become tedious with its repetition, & Yet & Yets enough textures and changes in dynamic to create a more wholly enjoyable album than its predecessors. Certainly a must own for post-rock fans, and pretty much fans of music in general.



Recent reviews by this author
Sufjan Stevens Silver & GoldAndrew Bird Break It Yourself
Florence and the Machine CeremonialsBlitzen Trapper American Goldwing
The Muppets The Green AlbumThe Horrors Skying
user ratings (175)
3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
biografiend (4)
...


Comments:Add a Comment 
thebhoy
Emeritus
August 14th 2009


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm ready to become a contributor now.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2009


17515 Comments


lol

CompanionCube
August 14th 2009


977 Comments


"This is what & Yet & Yet is best at, being the soundtrack to whatever your life produces."

i absolutely love albums like this, good reveiw

BMDrummer
May 19th 2019


14646 Comments


good reading music

SandwichBubble
May 19th 2019


10471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta dust the cobwebs off for that bump

Digging: Dirt - Never Mind Dirt - Here's the Bollocks

Tyler.
May 19th 2019


17516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what did i rate this

Asdfp277
May 19th 2019


21698 Comments


4.0

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2019


17214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wtf this grew on me out of nowhere, bump

Digging: Yeule - Serotonin II

johnnyblaze
July 8th 2019


3244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thats a bad rating this is perfect

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2019


17214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Let me do baby steps! Starting to think this might be better than Winter Hymn, though...



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy