Do Make Say Think self-released this debut album in Toronto in 1997, and we heard it the following spring. The band’s infectious spacerock-cum-swing approach to sweeping instrumentals, and their brilliant realisation of the potentials of 8-track recording, hooked us instantly. Rhythm syncopation, reverb-soaked guitar, the occasional horn, and some of the finest saturated synth tones we’ve ever heard – this record conjures up rainy streets and wet cigarettes with the best of them. A classic modern lounge album that also shreds, with widescreen breakbeat blissouts driven by punk-rock guitars. An exuberant debut, containing all the building blocks DMST has been transforming into sublime music architectures ever since.
released March 8, 1999
Ohad Benchetrit: guitar, bass, saxophone, flute
Jason McKenzie: keyboards, effects
Dave Mitchell: drums
James Payment: drums
Justin Small: guitar
Charles Spearin: bass, guitar, trumpet
Recorded and mixed at CIUT Radio in Toronto by Do Make Say Think, July 1997. TRACKS 2, 6, 8 recorded at some school for the arts by Charles, Ohad, Peter, JR and Adam, September 1996.
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This album is a change, not a degradation. The composition style on this only somewhat follows the usual GBY!BE formula. It is more subtle this time, with good effect. This is famously panned by such critics as Anthony Fantano for this reason only. Of course, listen first before you buy. But listen to it for itself and without preconceptions. Then it makes sense. All that having been said, the material is even more impactful live. Go see a live show first is my advice. paulrichardbishop
While a dire fantasia—a nightmare future Earth where only Antarctica remains habitable—looms over these eight instrumentals, Talibam!’s impulse is to throw a spiked Slurpee party at the end of the world. Bandcamp Album of the Day Oct 4, 2017