Personnel: Lullabye Arkestra (vocals); Julie Penner (violin); Leon Kingstone (saxophone); Michael Barth (trumpet).
Audio Mixers: Justin Small; Ohad Benchetrit; Charles Spearin.
For their sixth album, on pals Godspeed You Black Emperor!'s Constellation label, Canadian post-rockers Do Make Say Think offer four long tracks, each named for a different word of the band's name. According to the label, the tunes are titled in this manner because the band feels like THE OTHER TRUTHS represents the ultimate distillation of the group's musical message. Imagine if you will, though, that there's a more literal-minded logic at work, and each track's sonic setting truly corresponds to its one-word title; once you start thinking about it, it's by no means a far-fetched notion. Album-opener "Do," for instance, is undeniably the most active track, chugging along on the strength of kinetic, forward-moving rhythms and concise, rather Mogwai-like guitar riffs for what is probably the closest thing to a conventional rock (or at least post-rock) feel, occasionally teetering toward a Neu!-like Motorik beat. This is clearly music in motion. "Make" marks a shift towards a less streamlined, busier sound. Midtempo, syncopated rhythms rub up against thick chunks of distorted guitar, and one is tempted to think of an expedition slowly making its way up an incline. Things are indeed being constructed here. Sure enough, "Say" is defined by a latticework of interlocking guitar riffs captured in an overlapping conversation with each other--Tower of Babel-esque it may be, but it's undoubtedly a form of communication. So did Do Make Say Think actually intend to attach this level of conceptualism to "Do," "Make," "Say," and "Think?" Probably not, but it sure is fun to listen to that way.
Q (Magazine) (p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] show rhythmic agitation and conversing guitars finding resolution in horns and massed vocals."