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Posted : 9 years, 6 months ago on 2 April 2010 07:18

Having the opportunity to write about a DMST album is wonderful for two reasons. The first is that they're undoubtedly my favourite band of all time. Secondly, it means that they've released new material for the first time in two years. If you detect any hint of bias in this review, then at least I gave you a forewarning.

I had none of the usual nerves I get when listening to new material from my favourite artists. I always have a foreboding in the back of my mind that a new release might suck, or turn me off the band completely (a la DJ Shadow), but making bad music is pretty much impossible for DMST. Other Truths is comprised of four tracks, Do, Make, Say and Think (ingenious!) and weighs in at just under 45 minutes. Jumping straight in and playing the album straight through for the first time I realised that the band had lost nothing. The opening track is a terrific song and perhaps the strongest on Other Truths. It's happy and lively, the culmination of several multi-instrumentalists playing together in cheery harmony. Although often categorised as post-rock, the band shares none of the hallmarks I'd associate with the genre. I hear nothing depressing in their music and there are no bleak soundscapes to accompany visions of an apocalyptic future. Instead, I revel in the the intelligence and competency of the musicians, which seems to pervade every note on every album they've ever released.

As well as creating a horizontal eponymy on my media player, the track names seem to perfectly match the mood of each song portrayed. Do, is by far the most energetic and proactive song on the album, followed up by Make, a tune that conjures visions of an immense construction project in the way that it layers up with continued vigour towards a brilliant finale. Say reminded me of a relationship-saving conversation you might have with your girlfriend, whereas Think is just a contemplative chillout fest. Initially I enjoyed the tracks in album order, with my most favourite first, but with every re-listen the others grow in stature and I think Make may just be the future contender for the 'finest on the album' award. There is still a long way to go before I can say I prefer this over their last album, but with a few more listens who knows?

Do Make Say Think have now release 7 full length albums and they're by far the most consistently excellent band on my media player. They top my last.fm listening charts and have done for roughly the last four years. You, You're a History in Rust is well worth checking out if you feel the sudden urge to get into the band, but every album contains awe inspiring songs that usually make me wonder why other musicians even bother. As a final note I'll add that if you ever get the opportunity to see this band live, embrace it with both hands, because it's a life affirming experience.

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