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GOODBYE ENEMY AIRSHIP THE LANDLORD IS DEAD

Do Make Say Think

Post Rock/Math rock


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Sean Trane
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4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!!

DMST is a group that is often compared to GYBE! or ASMZ and not only because they are stable mates (Constellation records) but also because of their Montreal (well they are from Toronto but are based there) origins and similar sound. And this might be the record that managed these comparisons inevitable but also made them highly praised.

From the opening track with its tense guitars and wild sax and its follow-up with its repetitive electric arpeggios, everything about this album spells TENSION and it is simply ghastly as you discover one of the two title track evolving from quiet ambiances to insane chaos! Du grand art, monsieur!! The Apartment Song and All This Is True are also superb tracks that contribute to the great success of the album with only Bruce Kinesis being a slightly weaker track mostly because it is less focused but coming complete with al old organs well before the Hammond even existed.

This album and the first two GYBE! are what I would call genre-defining and clearly was responsible for the reputation of Constellation Records. However after such a solid album, DMST will have a very hard time to confirm such a brilliant album, but I must say that to their credit, they never tried to duplicate the sound or feeling of this album, just to have more success! Highly recommended and it does come to the shoulder height of Tortoise's debut album as far as post rock cornerstone.

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Posted Friday, November 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Everytime I read the title of this album it makes me smile. In the liner notes they thank GODSPEED YOU ! BLACK EMPEROR and FLY PAN AM among others.This band is from Toronto and incorporate sax and trumpet into their all instrumental Post-Rock styled music. I found this album to be a difficult listen at times, it requires some patience. Interesting that 5 of the 7 tracks were recorded up near Port Hope, Ontario in a barn over a long weekend in August.

"When Day Chokes The Night" opens with a slowly played guitar melody for over 3 1/2 minutes. It's joined by the bass after 2 minutes.The guitar melody stops then restarts after 4 minutes with brass and bass. It gets pretty intense after 6 minutes and then it calms right down to end as it began with that slowly played guitar. Cool song. "Minman" is mellow to start out without much going on. We get a beat before 2 1/2 minutes and a fuller sound 5 minutes in. The guitar is prominant late. "The Landlord Is Dead" is kind of ominous early with some nice bass. I like it. Brass comes in then a fuller and better sound at 3 minutes. The guitar starts to rip it up. Nice. It settles down to end it.

"The Apartment Song" is laid back with gentle guitar and light drums.There is a brief outbreak after 1 1/2 minutes. "All Of This Is True" opens with drums before guitar joins in with horns. It builds to a climax 2 minutes in then calms right down. Some samples later. "Bruce E Kinesis" features a good beat until 2 minutes in when organ takes over. Drums are back before 3 minutes. "Goodbye Enemy Airship" is very mellow with horns and light drums. The drums do get louder and it kicks in before 5 minutes to a fuller sound. It's fairly repetitive to the end. Good song though.

3.5 stars although I feel I need to keep listening to see if it will grow on me more.

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Posted Monday, January 05, 2009 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Do Make Say Think play a style of post-rock somewhere between that of Tortoise and their Constellation stablemates in Godspeed You Black Emperor. Like Godspeed, they embrace a "found audio" aesthetic wherein some of the music is derived from field recordings (or recordings deliberately designed to sound like field recoridngs), but they also include more complex, jazzy playing reminiscent of Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die album. Goodbye Enemy Airship is therefore an album which bridges the gap between two differing schools of post-rock, and will be of interest to most fans of the genre, particularly those fond of the Constellation stable's DIY aesthetic.

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