Do Make Say Think – Ontario Plates

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Appears to me that post-rock is going through a particularly barren patch at the moment. Take the most recent evidence and Mogwai appear to have settled into a tired groove, while the new EITS album hasn’t yet done anything to remind me of their best work (still hoping though). You probably have to look to the early part of the century for the genre’s classics’s, albums like ‘Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’, ‘Happy Songs For Happy People’ (although ‘Ten Rapid’ is their true genius), ‘Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven’ and the album this song is taken from ‘Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn’. My favourite from the latter is probably ‘Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!’ but since it’s already appeared here we’ll plump for our second choice. ‘Ontario Plates’ is a typically long ramble, with quiet and loud bits, the sense for a time that it is going nowhere, like a loose jam but then it’s hard to turn away. Of course the fog lifts and the most beautiful mosaics consisting of brass, jaunty percussion and chords like firefly’s in the night sky emerge. Music hardly gets more beguiling than this. KD

Do Make Say Think – Ontario Plates

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Year: 2003

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