By Jason Grishkoff | September 16th, 2009
Save for Radiohead, I don’t think there’s a band I’ve listened to for nearly as many hours as Do Make Say Think: while writing my thesis, I spent practically every hour listening to them. That amounts to quite a few hundreds of hours. It worked for me because Do Make Say Think isn’t loud or flashy. You won’t find catchy hooks or soaring choruses. What you will find is the perfect music to knuckle down and work to. This is quality instrumental music at it’s best, featuring all the right tempos, crescendos, and bridges. Oh, and did I mention there are plenty of horns?
This is Do Make Say Think’s sixth studio album, and I need not remind you that that is no easy feat. So many bands run out of steam after only three, and originality is often the first to go out the door. But Do Make Say Think doesn’t need to rely on the newest and the best. They’ve already got their sound down, and this album makes no abrupt attempts to change their overall character. Over the course of four tracks, lasting little under 45 minutes, Do Make Say Think do what they know best: they take you on a slow, rambling journey over hills, mountains, clouds, and planets.
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. As testament to the unfettered evolution of these tunes, the band has titled them simply “Do”, “Make”, “Say” and “Think”. – chicago independent
For the instrumental fans out there, you very well may already know Do Make Say Think. For the rest of you, if you’re liking the sample above, and you’re a fan of background music that won’t take your attention (but still manages to keep you entertained), I’d recommend this as the perfect starter album for this group.